Carlos Tévez has been told he will never play for Manchester City again after Roberto Mancini declared that the Argentine was 'finished’ following his refusal to play as a second-half substitute against Bayern Munich.
In a remarkably blunt post-match address to the media, Mancini also warned Edin Dzeko that he will not allow another outburst of the petulance which greeted his 55th substitution, when the Bosnian glared at his manager before throwing his boots to the ground.
But Mancini offered no such final warning to Tévez, however, and the former City captain is now facing three months as an outcast at the club before the reopening of the transfer window on Jan 1.
“What I said to Carlos is between me, him and the team.” Mancini said. “But Carlos cannot play with us now. It is finished.
“If one player earns a lot of money, plays for Manchester City in the Champions League and he behaves like this, for me he can’t play. Never. This can’t happen in a top club when a player refuses to help his team-mates in an important match like tonight.”
Tévez hit back at Mancini, however, but insisted he was not in the right frame of mind to play.
“I didn’t feel I was right to play, so I didn’t.” Tévez said. “I was the top scorer last season and I always act professionally.”
Asked whether he feared Mancini would follow through with his threat to end his City career, Tévez said: “It is up to him.”
Tévez, who failed in his attempt to force a move from the club during the summer, had been due to replace Samir Nasri in the 69th minute of City’s 2-0 Champions League defeat in the Allianz Arena.
But Mancini was forced to turn to James Milner as Nasri’s replacement after Tévez defied the Italian by rejecting his call to warm-up and prepare to take Nasri’s place.
Mancini has confirmed that he will hold talks with City chairman Khaldoon al Mubarak within the next 24 hours to discuss Tévez’s future, but the former Inter Milan manager has made it clear that Tévez will not play for him again.
Mancini said: “In the next day, I’m sure I will speak with Khaldoon because is the chairman.
“He is the chairman and he will decide everything, but do you think at Bayern Munich a player can behave like this, at Milan, at Manchester United? No. This is the answer.
“I have helped him for two years. If I decide, then yes [he goes]. But he has wanted to leave for the last two years and now he has refused to play. I don’t know [if the club will cancel his contract], but with me he is finished.”
Tévez has been a controversial figure at Eastlands since his arrival from Manchester United in a £32?million transfer in July 2009.
The forward’s relationship with Mancini has rarely been smooth since the Italian replaced Mark Hughes as manager in December 2009 and the pair have been embroiled in several high-profile spats and disputes.
Tévez complained about Mancini’s training regime shortly after his arrival as Hughes’s successor, while the pair were involved in touchline bust-ups last season prior to Tévez demanding a transfer last December. On that occasion, Tévez withdrew his transfer request within a week, but the player then went public on his desire to leave this summer before seeing a move to Corinthians fall through due to the Brazilian club’s failure to convince City of their ability to fund the £40?million deal.
With Tévez criticising Manchester and describing the city as a place he would ''not even visit on holiday”, he lost the support of his team-mates, with senior members of the squad urging Mancini to strip him of the captaincy.
Mancini responded to those wishes by appointing Vincent Kompany as captain at the start of this season, but with Tévez losing the captaincy and also his place in the team following the summer arrival of Sergio Agüero, his displeasure at being reduced to a bit-part player has become evident in recent weeks.
Tévez’s fury erupted last night, however, with his refusal to play for the team who continue to pay his £200,000-a-week wages.
Mancini’s anger was not restricted to Tévez, though, with Dzeko’s petulant reaction to being replaced also earning a stern rebuke from the City manager.
“I am furious with Dzeko’s performance.” Mancini said. “The next game, he will be on the bench with me. He played a bad game, a poor game, but next time maybe if he players better, maybe he can stay on the pitch.
“If we want to improve to the level of Bayern Munich some players need to improve their behaviour.
“This is the last time one player leaves the pitch and moves his head like this.
“Dzeko is different [to Tévez] but this is the last time he has this behaviour. I can understand why one player is disappointed. It is important that inside he can understand his performance.
“But I am the manager and I can decide everything. Maybe sometimes I make a mistake and don’t do the right things.
“I think every manager can do what he thinks at this moment.”
Tévez’s behaviour brought condemnation from outside the club, with former Liverpool manager Graeme Souness backing Mancini’s stance.
Souness said: “He [Tevez] is a disgrace to football. The owners need to get him as far away from the club as possible because that can spread.”