What will he cook up next? Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez in yet another transfer mystery
Tevez arrived to
sign for Manchester
months ago he
walked into the mother of all
bear hugs from chief executive
leaves — either in the short or
long term — it will be without
so much as a handshake.
Tevez rarely departs anywhere in
traditional fashion, of course.
When he left West Ham for Manchester
United, it seemed unclear
who owned him.
I'm off! Carlos Tevez wants to leave Manchester City
When he left
United for City two years later, it
was after a breakdown in his relationship
with Sir Alex Ferguson.
This time, though, it promises to
be spectacular even by his own
Tevez’s statement last night left
many questions unanswered but
suggests there is more drama to
He hinted at issues with senior
executives — obviously Cook —
and chose to defend coach Roberto
Nobody will be more surprised by
this than Mancini, who believes
without question that his star player
doesn’t like him.
Bad blood? City manager Mancini and Tevez had a touchline bust-up during last weekends win over Bolton
Only nine days ago
Tevez was involved in a touchline
dispute with his manager when he
was taken off against Bolton.
Mancini has been left ‘bemused’,
according to those close to him, by
Tevez’s transfer request.
learned of it last Wednesday,
Mancini sought an explanation
from the 26-year-old in vain.
Mancini is aware of the issues in
Tevez’s private life but doesn’t
understand why he would choose
to invite pressure on the club and,
more pertinently, himself, midway
through a season that could yet
end with City having a tilt at the
Barclays Premier League title.
Higher up the club’s food chain,
things are more simple. The blame
is directed at Kia Joorabchian,
Tevez’s mentor and the man behind
his moves to Corinthians in Brazil,
West Ham, Manchester United and
now to City.
Joorabchian was instrumental in
bringing Cook to the club but their
relationship is now so poor they
communicate only in writing.
At 8.17am yesterday, City released
allegations of a recent request for a
contract extension and revealed
that Tevez is the club’s highest
paid player, in an effort to contradict
suggestions that their star
player is merely tired of football.
Why, after all, would a centre forward
want more money or a longer
contract if, deep down, he just
wanted to leave? The club deny the
claim that they were eager to offer
Tevez more money to keep him
Last night the Argentine
attempted to answer some of those
questions, with a shot across City’s
bows as powerful as any of his 10
goals this season.
It is clear City have an enormous
problem at a time in which they
finally look well-placed for a run at
the top spot.
With Tevez in the Canary Islands
and Mancini in Italy, the two are
unlikely to speak until after
Thursday’s Europa League game
Mancini’s tactics, though, may be
the best chance City have of bringing
Tevez back from the brink and
the Italian is starting to struggle
One option is to attempt to smoke
Tevez out via some strong words of
his own, as Ferguson did with
Wayne Rooney recently. If that
address comes, it will be on
Wednesday at a pre-Juventus press
Breakdown: Tevez has hinted there may be a an issue with City supremo Garry Cook (right)
Another tactic being considered
is relieving Tevez of the captaincy.
Such aggressive moves would be in
stark contrast to the usual
conservative Mancini code. The
chances are, they will come too
That they are being considered
says much about Mancini’s mood.
He feels he has offered Tevez flexibility
in recent weeks and received
only disrespect in return.
For example, the City boss offered
Tevez three days off when a booking
against Bolton nine days ago
meant he would be unavailable for
Saturday’s game at West Ham.
Tevez asked for a fourth and was
granted it on the condition that he
did an extended training session
Last Saturday’s touchline
altercation was then concluded
with a smile and a handshake in
the dressing room. Again, though,
Mancini was unhappy that he was
left to face difficult questions about
something other than his team’s
Key man: Tevez has been instrumental for City this season
Mancini is far from the perfect
man-manager. Those who know
him appreciate this. He is, however,
beginning to make gestures. This
week, for example, senior players
not travelling to Turin have had
input into their training schedule.
His concern now is that the latest
issue regarding Tevez is not allowed
to undermine a team spirit that
continues to improve on the back
of a run of good results and promising
Last night the latest suggestions
from Tevez’s side were that the
former West Ham and United
player is simply determined to
leave or, indeed, quit the game
City remain determined that will
not happen in January. Given the
club’s wealth and Tevez’s long
contract, they do hold a certain
amount of power.
However, this could yet turn into
the stuff of nightmares for them.
It has been suggested at times that City are a one-man team. They could be about to find out.
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