Tuesday 16 January 2018

Mancini may relieve Tevez of captaincy

Ian Herbert

roberto mancini is considering removing the Manchester City captaincy from Carlos Tevez, temporarily at least, as the player may not be in the right mental state to lead the side against Everton on Monday.

Tevez met Mancini yesterday afternoon for the first time since news of the player's transfer demand became public.

Tevez's personal advisor, Kia Joorabchian, is awaiting the outcome before making contact with the City chief executive Garry Cook. There has been no contact between the two this week.

If Tevez is relieved of the captaincy while his future with City is worked out -- a decision which could make the process of persuading him to stay even more delicate -- Vincent Kompany may take on the role for the visit of Everton.

The Belgian was many observers' choice for the captaincy in the summer, before Tevez was unexpectedly declared club captain at Tottenham on the first Saturday of the season.

Mancini, who has said that Tevez will face Everton, has always insisted that the captaincy was bestowed upon Tevez to aid his personal development, rather than to keep him happy at City.

Micah Richards, captain for City's draw at Juventus which propelled them into the Europa League first knockout round, where they face Greek side Aris Thessaloniki, said Tevez was City's "special one" and integral to their season.

"He's a big part of our team," said Richards. "If you ask anyone, they will tell you that. I think they will get it sorted out and the sooner the better.

"He's got his opinions and stuff, but I'm sure we can keep him until the end of the season at least. I'm sure he will be in the starting XI (on Monday)."

Meanwhile, the Manchester derby at Old Trafford has been moved forward by a day and will now be played on Saturday, February 12 (kick-off 12.45). (© Independent News Service)

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