Mancini tells Tevez - you can't leave City
| Submit Comments| Comments (324)| Printable Version1/1Play SlideshowClose MapFOCUS: Roberto Mancini at Wednesday's press conferenceCarlos Tevez will be told he has to stay at City ? at least until the end of the season. Blues boss Roberto Mancini made it plain that he will not be letting the want-away striker go in the January transfer window, but hinted that the door may be opened for him next summer. Mancini also refuted the suggestions made by Tevez?s camp that the player was unhappy at City. The two men will sit down together on Friday, when Mancini returns after tonight?s Europa League clash with Juventus in Turin. The manager believes that Tevez could still change his mind on his decision to put in a written transfer request, which City have rejected, sparking a war of words between the two camps. ?We started the season, which is an important season for us, with this group of players, and we have this group for this year,? said Mancini. ?Carlos is an important player for us, so I told him he must stay here. ?Carlos has a three-and-a- half year contract as our player and I hope he continues to play with us, and to score for us.? Mancini said he was unsure whether he could persuade Tevez to do a U-turn after the player?s advisers cited several reasons why he wants to go ? principally because they claim chief executive Garry Cook failed to make good on unspecified promises, because he misses his daughters, and because of professional differences with Mancini. ?I don?t know if I can change his mind, but Carlos is our player and it is my opinion he will stay with us. But I want to speak with him first. He can continue to play for us. ?What will I say to him on Friday? Good morning! Carlos is like the other players, but it is important that we speak because we have important games coming up this month. I don?t know what I can say, but it will be private. ?I have spoken to him a lot of times in the last four months, and the last time was last week, Wednesday I think. ?I think we can always change our minds, and at this moment he is an important player here. He has scored ten goals and now we can change the history of this club. Together we can do some good work this year. ?I don?t think he wants to leave. This is my opinion. ?He has never told me this until four or five days ago, and this is why I feel he can change his mind. I don?t know if there is another reason.? Tevez?s advisers have also said the player is unhappy at City, and finds it a ?miserable? place to work. Mancini ? pictured wearing glasses after an eye operation in Italy ? made light of that claim, saying: ?I hope he can continue to be unhappy because he has scored ten goals, has played very well, and we are in this position in the table. I hope he can be this unhappy for the rest of the season! ?I don?t think he is really unhappy.? Mancini will also not make a decision on Tevez?s captaincy until after their meeting tomorrow. ?I have been in Italy and Carlos has been in Tenerife for three days, but I will meet him on Friday. I want to speak with him before making a decision,? he said. The main disappointment from the events of the past few days was that it came at a time when City had moved into a strong position in the table and have their eyes firmly fixed on top spot by New Year. Mancini is concerned that the affair does not distract his players from that task. He said: ?I am disappointed because I think we are in a good moment. We have a good position in the table and I think our focus must be on that. ?I am happy for the team, but I want him to stay and be an important part of the team.? Patrick Vieira, who will play against one of his old teams in the Stadio Olimpico tonight, said that he had not noticed any difference in Tevez?s demeanour since the matter arose, adding: ?I haven?t spoken to him about it at all. ?In the last few days he has been the same Carlos as at the start of the season, so I don?t have any comment to make.?
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