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City maintain silence over Tevez
Published : 27 Oct 2011 10:24:13
Manchester City are maintaining their silence as they await Carlos Tevez's next move in their increasing bitter dispute with the player.
Tevez appears likely to appeal against City's decision to fine him four weeks' wages - believed to be around £800,000 - for allegedly refusing to play against Bayern Munich last month.
The Argentinian maintains he only refused to warm up at the Allianz Arena and Press Association Sport understands he is considering suing City manager City Roberto Mancini for defamation over the matter.
There have been suggestions City could counter-sue the player due to his diminishing value but the club would not comment on that possibility on Thursday morning.
Mancini also would not answer questions on the Tevez subject after Wednesday night's Carling Cup fourth-round win at Wolves.
City issued a hard-worded statement on Tuesday evening detailing the five breaches of contract they believe Tevez to have committed.
They are now waiting to hear formally if Tevez will exercise his right to appeal but with 14 days from the judgement to make clear his intentions, there is no immediate rush.
The 27-year-old and his representatives want to take full stock of their options.
In the meantime, while Tevez is theoretically eligible for selection, he is likely to remain an isolated figure. The former West Ham and Manchester United player has been training alone since returning from a suspension while the initial investigation into the affair was conducted a fortnight ago.
The club are determined to take a hard line over the matter and will not countenance a cheap sale in January. It is understood City will hold Tevez to the remainder of his contract, which expires in 2014, if necessary.