Saturday 25 March 2017

Tevez returns to 'unpleasant' workplace with eye still on exit

Mark Fleming

THE prospect of a disgruntled Carlos Tevez playing out the rest of the season at Manchester City moved closer yesterday when he returned to training for the first time since the club refused his request for a transfer.

Fears that Tevez would fail to show up yesterday, after a four-day holiday in Tenerife, proved unfounded when he arrived in a black Hummer at midday for light training.

Tevez is understood to have told his team-mates he will give 100pc to City until the day he leaves, but is not considering backing down in his confrontation with the club's management. He is not thought to have had any contact with manager Roberto Mancini, who is currently in Italy where he is to undergo minor surgery on his eye before tomorrow's Europa League game with Juventus.

Tevez's advisers yesterday made it clear that the striker is adamant about his desire to leave Eastlands, over what he considers to be broken promises made by the club's chief executive Garry Cook. These assurances are believed to concern commercial deals not directly linked to his contract.

Tevez is also said to have stated that City is not a pleasant place to work, despite a seven-game unbeaten run in the Premier League that has seen them rise up to third place in the table.

Tevez is not likely to travel to Turin along with several other first-team players, including Mario Balotelli, although his exclusion is not thought to be related to any potential racism, and Mancini will be questioned on the situation today in Turin.

The manager will meet Tevez on Friday, where the question of the captaincy will be an immediate priority. It is widely expected that Tevez will lose the job and either Kolo Toure or Vincent Kompany will be asked to take over.

Defender Micah Richards yesterday expressed his concerns that allowing Tevez to leave would be a massive blow to the club's title aspirations. Richards, writing on Twitter, said: "I can't say much on Carlos and he's a top guy, but whatever happens -- onwards & upwards. Gaffer will be in control & we're focused on next game. Carlos would b a big loss if he left id b gutted same sort of feeling as when Dunny (Richard Dunne) and Superman (Stephen Ireland) left."

Meanwhile, City yesterday completed the signing of 19-year-old Israeli midfielder Guy Assulin on a two-and-a-half-year deal. Assulin, whose agent is Pini Zahavi, was released by Barcelona in June. (© Independent News Service)

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