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City should play hardball with Tevez
Published : 28 Sep 2011 15:21:00
TEAMtalk believes Manchester City need to get tough with Carlos Tevez and show him who's boss following his refusal to play on Tuesday evening. Roberto Mancini vowed that Tevez will never represent Manchester City again - but in many ways that would be playing into the hands of the striker and his advisor. If there is one club that can afford to pay £200,000 a week to make a point to agents and footballers that they cannot call the shots then it is Manchester City. If Tevez wants to play the petulant child, then let him do it in the reserves. The Argentina striker is now stating that he never refused to come on as a substitute against Bayern Munich. It was all a big misunderstanding. Quite how it is possible to misunderstand 'get your tracksuit off Carlos son, you're going on' will probably remain one of life's big mysteries, up there with how it was possible to build Stonehenge without a massive crane. It is also not quite what Tevez was saying immediately after the match at the Allianz Arena. Then he said he "did not feel right to play, so he didn't", having appeared to sulk when he was not brought on for Edin Dzeko and instead told to wait a further 10 minutes on the bench. It may be going too far down the road of conspiracy theories to suggest that Tevez's apparent refusal to do what his manager asked was intended to provoke a showdown which would lead to another highly-lucrative move to another team. But there is no secret that Tevez and his advisor Kia Joorabchian, a man who has done more than most to attract controversy during the last five years, want a move, and therefore have no sense of loyalty or duty to club who are paying the player around £10million a year in wages. It is time now for clubs to stand up to Tevez and Joorabchian. Mancini and City should dig their heels in. Tevez should be obliged to come to training every day, he should be considered for the squad and if Mancini believes the Argentinian is not the best choice for the first team then he should tell him he needs to prove himself in the reserves, with winning a starting place in the Carling Cup side being his first aim. That will prevent Joorabchian hitting Manchester City with a legal action for restraint of trade, because Mancini will be instructing Tevez to do exactly the same thing as he is tells others at the club who are striving for a place in the first team. It will also hit Tevez and Joorabchian where it hurts - the player's sponsors are hardly going to be happy seeing him languishing while others, such as fellow countryman Sergio Aguero, are attracting global attention. And if he is not in the shop window, playing at the highest standard possible, then the value of the salary he can command will also fall - especially given that other clubs will be less keen to splash out big money on such a high-maintenance player. It is hugely tempting for City to announce they have washed their hands of Tevez and that they are terminating his contract, and will take the hit on any transfer fee they could command in the transfer window. It would not be the best thing for football however. The game has had its fill of these people for whom money talks louder than loyalty, duty and mutual respect, and it is time for a change.