Mancini tells discontented Tevez to toe line or 'go to another team'
Published 30/04/2010 | 05:00
ROBERTO MANCINI has responded to growing uncertainty over the Manchester City future of Carlos Tevez by warning the Argentinian forward that discontented players should "go to another team".
The City manager, whose team face fellow Champions League aspirants Aston Villa at Eastlands tomorrow, has become exasperated by rumours that Tevez is unsettled at the club he joined from Manchester United less than 12 months ago.
Tevez has proved a huge success as a player, scoring 28 goals and earning a nomination for the Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year award. But his recent criticism of Mancini's training regime has been followed by reports that he is unhappy with his contract and underwhelmed by the prospect of Europa League football next season should City fail to qualify for the Champions League.
Mancini has also recently been forced to address claims that Craig Bellamy and Shaun Wright-Phillips have become disillusioned since Mark Hughes left as manager last December.
Yet while Bellamy and Wright-Phillips could be viewed as expendable by supporters, the sale of Tevez would prompt an outcry and lead to question marks over Mancini's ability to work with his leading players.
When asked whether he was surprised by reports of Tevez's unhappiness, Mancini said he had no intention of fighting to keep any player who was reluctant to be at the club.
"If a top player is not happy to stay here, then it's better to go to another team," Mancini said. "It is important that, when a manager or player works in a team, he must be happy to work in this team. It's not good for the club, for the squad or for the player if he is not."
The apparent friction between Tevez and Mancini came to the surface in February when the player spent almost two weeks on compassionate leave in Argentina following the premature birth of his daughter, Katie.
Tevez was reportedly unimpressed by Mancini urging him to return to England, but the forward has since scored nine goals in as many games to re-energise City's pursuit of fourth place. He more recently expressed dissatisfaction with Mancini's training methods, complaining about having to train twice in a day.
Mancini said: "We have trained twice in the same day only four times in five months. Two of those times, Carlos was in Argentina and one time he didn't train.
"When we don't have a midweek game, I always train two times on Tuesday. We won't improve if we work two days and have one day off." (© Daily Telegraph, London)