Roberto Mancini is certain Carlos Tevez will not carry through his threat to quit top level football.
During the recent international break, Tevez has repeated a previous statement that he is no longer in love with the game and is looking forward with relish to returning home to Argentina without the pressure of high-profile football.
Ahead of today's Premier League trip to Blackpool, Mancini cast doubt on Tevez's desire to abandon the game.
"Carlos is born to play football. I don't know if he will continue to play here for 10 years or whether he goes back to Argentina but he will play football," he said.
Mancini will have a chat with Tevez before deciding whether to include his captain for the clash with Blackpool, which he likened to "a trip to Rimini".
Lennon's focus on Tannadice
Neil Lennon believes his players have enough on their plates against Dundee United at Tannadice today without looking ahead to the impending Old Firm game.
The Hoops look to make it eight Scottish Premier League wins in succession before they turn their attention to the visit of their rivals Rangers next week.
"I want our players to be totally focused on this game against Dundee United and not even think about next week," the Celtic boss said.
"It is important that we keep the momentum going and to do that we are going to have to beat a very good United team.
"They are a tough, very well-organised team who have put a couple of decent results together off the back of a good season."
Whittingham sinks Bristol
Peter Whittingham struck his first two goals of the season in spectacular fashion as Cardiff completed a stirring fightback against npower Championship strugglers Bristol City.
The Bluebirds midfielder arrowed his first goal into the bottom corner a minute into the second half to haul the Welsh club back from two goals down and then curled home a sublime free-kick to leave the rock bottom Robins without a win in their last six league matches.
Bristol went roaring into a two-goal lead in the first eight minutes thanks to Steve Caulker and Jon Stead, before Jay Bothroyd pulled one back for the home side.
Cardiff have now won three of their last four league encounters and stay second in the table.
Scunthorpe hit by Sharp brace
Billy Sharp scored twice against his former club as Doncaster came from behind to overpower derby rivals Scunthorpe at Glanford Park.
Martyn Woolford headed the hosts in front in the 11th minute but Sharp produced a clinical finish to draw Rovers level in the 31st minute after Rob Jones misjudged John Oster's pass.
Sharp then fired the visitors ahead from the penalty spot in the 59th minute after Jones had clumsily fouled him and James O'Connor headed home a third for Doncaster with minutes remaining.
The result left Scunthorpe without a win in six matches and further underlined Doncaster's play-off pedigree.
Norwich rue Hoolahan miss
Wes Hoolahan missed a penalty as Norwich blew the chance to inflict a first defeat of the season on Championship leaders QPR.
Dubliner Hoolahan fluffed his big moment midway through the first half as City failed to score away from home in the league for the first time under Paul Lambert.
Rangers had yet to concede a league goal at home this season and, unfortunately for the neutral, it was their record which held out in the goalless draw.
Tractor Boys lose steam
Clive Platt and Lukas Jutkiewicz helped Coventry claim their first win over Ipswich at Portman Road in 12 attempts in the Championship.
Platt's header and Jutkiewicz's penalty put the Sky Blues two goals to the good and though Jason Scotland grabbed one back, it proved to be a consolation.
Coventry had not won at Ipswich since April 1994, however, their margin of victory could have been even wider .
Rangers move clear at top
Rangers staged an impressive comeback to claim a 4-1 win over Motherwell and move clear at the summit of the SPL.
Nick Blackman gave the visitors the lead just before half-time but the champions hit back through Steven Naismith, Steven Davis, Kenny Miller and Vladimir Weiss in a blistering second-half. The win allowed Rangers to maintain their 100 per cent record ahead of next week's Old Firm derby and pile the pressure on Celtic.