Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini admits he cannot be sure how long Carlos Tevez might stay with the club.
Reports this week quoted Tevez's representative Kia Joorabchian as claiming the Argentina striker -- who netted his 50th goal for City in last Sunday's 5-0 FA Cup fourth-round replay victory over Notts County -- would be happy to rejoin Brazilian side Corinthians, a move he was confident he could seal for his client within the next couple of years.
Tevez's current deal with City runs until the summer of 2014 and asked if he felt keeping hold of the club captain would be a problem, Mancini said: "I don't know this.
"I'm happy for Carlos because he has scored 50 goals for Manchester City and I hope he can continue to score, but in football it is impossible to know what will happen in the future. I hope Carlos can continue to play here."
Mancini insisted he was not concerned by the speculation and that his focus was on City's remaining fixtures this season, starting with their Europa League last-32 second-leg tie against Aris Salonika tonight.
"At this moment, I am worried only about the game, not about other things," the Italian said. "For the moment Carlos is here, he plays for City. He is important, but in the squad there are more than 20 players who are important. I don't know what will happen next year."
What Tevez might do in the future is the least of Mancini's worries at the moment. Manchester City may be the richest club in the world, but they could have just 16 senior players available for tonight's match. Apart from Ireland's Shay Given, Mancini must plan without Micah Richards (calf) and James Milner (hamstring), while Adam Johnson and Nigel de Jong both face another two months on the sidelines as they recover from ankle injuries.
It's hardly a problem Mancini would have envisaged as he brought in half a dozen players last summer.
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