Tuesday 20 February 2018

Tevez can still be star man for City -- Mancini

Mark Ogden

ROBERTO MANCINI has offered Carlos Tevez the chance to rebuild his career at Manchester City after claiming he has no doubts over the Argentinian's professionalism, despite his attempts to leave the Etihad Stadium.

Tevez, set to be named in Mancini's squad for tomorrow's game at Bolton following two weeks of training with City's first-team squad, declared in June that he would "never go back to Manchester, even on holiday" before issuing a statement announcing his determination to leave City.

The former Manchester United forward, who captained City to last season's FA Cup triumph, has since seen a move to Brazilian club Corinthians collapse and attracted little interest from major European clubs due to City's £50m asking price.

With last season's Premier League joint-top scorer now available after his extended summer break following Copa America commitments, Mancini insists that Tevez can still play a key role at City if he fails to secure a move away before the August 31 deadline.

"I'm sure Carlos will be committed," Mancini said. "I don't think there will be a problem because he's a professional player and knows the rules. He knows that if he wants to leave, he can. But at the moment, there isn't any club who can pay his value.

"Carlos knows that he might have to stay here and, if he stays here, his mentality will be good. I respect his life and his reasons to leave, but we have another 10 days and if, in that time, we don't close a move for Carlos, then he will stay here.

"We have one player who can score 20 goals and that's Carlos. He's not 100pc fit yet, but he can play 45 minutes."

While Mancini is prepared to work with Tevez to keep him in the fold, the City manager has urged the club to do more to accelerate the departures of first-team outcasts such as Emmanuel Adebayor, Craig Bellamy, Wayne Bridge, Roque Santa Cruz and Shaun Wright-Phillips -- none of whom will even feature in Mancini's Premier League squad. Even at a conservative estimate of their wages, they are costing City around £350,000 a week.

"I don't like the club spending so much on these players," said Mancini. "If we had moved earlier and more quickly (to get them off the books), we would have spent less money.

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"I did not buy these players and I can only answer for the players that I buy. I tried with these players two years ago but they are not part of my plans now. I am sorry about this because I respect these players, but it is better that I am clear with them."

Adebayor is still likely to leave for Tottenham, although the deal is not as imminent as has been suggested.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon said yesterday he would be interested in Santa Cruz, but Bellamy's wages make his return to Celtic Park -- where he played briefly after falling out with Newcastle -- unfeasible.

Mancini, who expects to complete the £23m signing of Arsenal's Samir Nasri early next week, is targeting a holding midfielder and further defensive reinforcements before the transfer window closes on August 31. Uruguay defender Sebastien Coates is a leading target. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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