Thursday 22 March 2018

Tevez £9.3m out of pocket due to bitter City fallout

Mark Ogden

Carlos Tevez's ongoing dispute with Manchester City has cost the Argentinian a staggering £9.3m in lost earnings.

Tevez, who has been absent from the City first-team squad since September, was fined six weeks' wages -- £1.2m -- on December 22 as a result of his unauthorised return to Buenos Aires on November 7.

The 27-year-old, fined two weeks' wages after being found guilty of five counts of misconduct in relation to his actions as a substitute against Bayern Munich on September 27, has not been paid his £198,000-a-week salary by City since the end of November.

But the revelation that Tevez has been disciplined by the club for going AWOL in November -- a penalty he can yet appeal through the Premier League -- has emphasised the seemingly irretrievable relationship between the club and their one-time star.

Although efforts are being made to find Tevez a new club before Tuesday's transfer deadline, chairman Khaldoon al Mubarak has warned the player and his advisors that City will not waver on their £28m valuation.

With City determined to make a stand against what they perceive to be the scourge of player power within the game, senior figures are prepared to retain Tevez beyond the transfer deadline in order to avoid him leaving

The prospect of Tevez returning to City to see out the final two and a half years of his contract is unlikely in the extreme, but owner Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al Nahyan has reinforced his stance to the club's hierarchy that he will not sanction any cut-price sale of the striker.

Having agreed a €44m deal with Brazilian club Corinthians last July, City believe that Tevez's market value must reflect that figure as a starting point, and a £28m valuation is now regarded as the most appropriate price tag.

Negotiations with AC Milan, Tevez's preferred option, collapsed earlier this month following the Italian club's refusal to meet City's demand for a permanent deal.

The decision of Milan's Alexandre Pato to reject a £22m transfer to PSG deprived the Italians of the finances required to meet City's requirements, prompting Inter Milan and PSG to enter the race to sign the player. (© Daily Telegraph)

- Ollie Cahill has called time on a glittering League of Ireland career at the age of 36.

The Tipperary native is one of the most decorated players in the domestic game after a career that began in England with Northampton Town and saw him play for six Irish clubs and make 488 appearances.

- Jason Byrne has returned to the club where it all started for him -- Bray Wanderers. The veteran striker (33) has penned a one-year deal with the Seagulls, having spent an injury-hit season at Dundalk last year.

Irish Independent

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