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Tevez back to face the music

14 Dec 2010 09:07:19

| Submit Comments| Comments (327)| Printable Version1/1Play SlideshowClose MapCarlos Tevez flew back to Manchester and declared he will continue to give 100 per cent for City until he leaves the club. The player returned from a sunshine break to Tenerife last night and has vowed to return to training today, although he is still adamant he is unhappy at City and wants to leave. That was the message coming out of Tevez?s camp today, although manager Roberto Mancini will want to hear such assurances from the player himself before including Tevez in his squad for next Monday night?s clash with bogey team Everton. What isn't in question, is that the whole affair leaves the Blues boss facing a huge dilemma over how best to handle the situation. The City manager, currently recovering from a minor eye operation in Italy, is expected to meet with the player on Friday, when he gets back from City?s final Europa league group match with Juventus, to assess his mental state before making a final decision on whether to involve the leading goalscorer in a vital match. Mancini spoke to Tevez after the player submitted a written transfer request last week, but is not believed to have had any contact since the problem became public knowledge, sparking a war of words between Tevez?s camp and City. If the manager gets assurances from Tevez that he will continue to be professional and give his all for the Blues, he is likely to figure against Everton. Tevez?s camp say that will not be a problem. ManciniĀ  is also expected to take the captaincy off Tevez, with former skipper Kolo Toure and in-form defender Vincent Kompany favourites to take the armband, but City stress any decision on the captaincy has yet to be made. City are refusing to budge on their refusal of Tevez?s written transfer request, but the player quickly withdrew a suggestion that he would never play for the Blues again. Tevez flew back into Manchester last night, an indication that he intends to honour his contract, and was expected back at training today. Any refusal to play or train would leave him in breach of his contract. And if he did walk out on City ? as some reports claimed at the weekend ? he would be unable to play for anyone else for the remaining three and a half years of his contract, and could even leave himself open to compensation claims. City have not yet made a decision on what course of action to take over Tevez, and for the moment are happy just to re-iterate the fact they have refused his request. The options are to stick to their guns and hold him to his contract, or to try to get a lucrative deal for him in the January transfer window. But it would take a huge offer to tempt City to part with Tevez, which narrows the candidates down to Real Madrid, as the Blues are unlikely to contemplate him going to title rivals Chelsea. It may also depend on whether City can line up a replacement, although they are still very much in the hunt for Wolfsburg hit man Edin Dzeko.


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