Tevez misses City deadline
Manchester City are holding 'ongoing talks' with Carlos Tevez's representatives in an attempt to resolve the latest stand-off between club and player, following the 27-year-old's failure to meet yesterday's deadline to return from his unauthorised trip to Argentina.
Having been told, following his flight to Buenos Aires on Monday last week, to return to City's training ground by yesterday morning, Tevez's continued absence has further diminished any prospect of the player being restored to the first-team squad in the wake of his acceptance of a two-week fine for five breaches of contract while a substitute against Bayern Munich on September 27.
The confirmation, however, that City and the Tevez camp have been discussing the player's future for the past three days underlines an appetite on both sides to end the divisive and damaging situation that has made the club's former captain an outcast at the Etihad Stadium.
However, both sides are in agreement that they want a resolution as quickly and as smoothly as possible. Discussions will probably be ongoing for the foreseeable future.
The talks are understood to revolve around the basic principle of Tevez returning to duty rather than an attempt to agree a contract cancellation or terms for his sale in January.
City remain entitled to fine Tevez three weeks' wages, £594,000, for going absent without leave.
Meanwhile, Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti has admitted his ambition to take Mario Balotelli back to San Siro, 15 months after selling him to City. (© Daily Telegraph, London)