Monday 19 March 2018

If Tevez says sorry he can play for me again: Mancini

CARLOS Tévez can resurrect his Man City career if he apologises to his team-mates, says manager Roberto Mancini

The relationship between Mancini and Tévez appeared irreparable after the Argentine was accused of refusing to play during Man City's Champions League match against Bayern Munich in September.

The incident prompted Mancini to tell Tévez he was "finished at the club" and would "never" play for them again before the striker was suspended and fined and later charged with five breaches of contract following an internal investigation.

Reports over the weekend suggested that City wanted to sell Tévez "on the cheap" in a bid to free themselves of the ongoing drama, but it would seem Mancini has had a change of heart and has offered the 27-year-old an olive branch.

"Everything depends on Carlos. If he apologies to the squad and to me then everything will be as before," Mancini told Corriere dello Sport.

"I don't want it to be like this and I would be the first to forgive him. If he doesn't then Tévez has a value that everyone knows and something will happen in January. He is totally unprepared and being badly advised."

Tévez aside, City have not been short of headlines in recent weeks. Yesterday it was announced the club is set to fine Kolo Toure £600,000 following an internal investigation into his failed drugs test, the club stunned the Premier League after humiliating arch rivals Manchester United 6-1 at Old Trafford and Mario Balotelli, who unveiled a "Why Always Me" T-shirt during the aforementioned match, was forced to flee his home after fireworks were set off in his bathroom.

When asked about Balotelli's regular appearances in the media and the widespread criticism towards his attitude, Mancini said that while there is room for improvement in his conduct it is important to remember his striker is young and dealing with a lot of attention in a foreign country,

"I have known him since he was a lad. I launched his career at Inter and I wanted him here with me at City," he said. "He senses my trust. He is always very polite – let's not forget he is 21 years old and it's not easy to be an icon. He is a little particular but that is his strength.

"Technically he does not have to envy anyone but he does need to improve his attitude. One day he will return to Italy but not for a few years – playing at City will do him good. In the summer we had lots of interest from him from Italian clubs but we are not giving anyone away.

"My two sons are the same age as Mario and they have helped me to communicate with him."

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