Tévez in danger of early exit from City after latest club breach
CARLOS Tévez will accelerate the end of his Manchester City career on Monday if he fails to report for training and meet club officials to discuss his unauthorised return to Argentina.
Tévez, who accepted a fine of two weeks' wages last Tuesday as punishment for being found guilty of five breaches of contract as a result of his conduct as a substitute against Bayern Munich on Sept 27, allegedly committed a further breach of club discipline by flying back to Buenos Aires seven days ago, despite being refused permission to do so by manager Roberto Mancini.
Despite being urged by Manchester City to return to Manchester at the earliest opportunity following his flight to Argentina, Tévez has since failed to report for training on each day since last Wednesday.
Sources close to the player have been unable to confirm that the club's request for Tévez to reply to an email, sent last Wednesday, requesting a written explanation for his actions by last Friday, has been fulfilled.
And the Tévez camp were last night also unable to shed light on whether the 27-year-old would be flying back from Buenos Aires to report for his disciplinary hearing at City's Carrington training ground this morning.
Tévez, who was pictured playing golf with friends in Argentina on Sunday, has twice submitted requests to leave City in the last 12 months, with both attempts failing to secure a move away from the Etihad Stadium.
But despite the insistence of senior figures within the club's Abu Dhabi hierarchy that Tévez will not be allowed to leave unless their £40m valuation is met, his long-running stand-off with the club since the Bayern incident appears to have severely damaged his re-sale value.
City are aware of the player being regarded as damaged goods by potential buyers as a result of the breakdown of his relationship with the club and the possibility of legal action against Tévez for driving his transfer value down could yet be considered by City's owner, Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al Nahyan.
The prospect of Tévez remaining at City beyond the January transfer window if he fails to report for training on Monday, however, appears bleaker than ever.
Although City are determined not to allow Tévez to dictate the destination and timing of his next move, there is also a reluctance for the saga to continue.