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ROBERTO Mancini is riding high and 11 goals in two games have made him all but untouchable at Eastlands.

Even the potentially treacherous and ongoing feud with Carlos Tevez can't touch him now, with club chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak ready to back his man with more hard cash if the disgruntled Argentinian follows through on his threat to sue Mancini for defamation.

Mancini's reserve and youth teams supplied players for last night's 5-2 Carling Cup demolition of Wolves and command performances from Edin Dzeko and unheralded Italian 20-year-old Luca Scapuzzi showed that Tevez will not be missed.

City have confirmed that Tevez will not train with the senior team again but won't be offloaded on the cheap.

"Following a call between Roberto Mancini and the chairman, the club's position is that no offer for Carlos Tevez will be considered unless it reflects the true market value," said a City spokesman.