Carlos Tevez’s long goodbye with Manchester City has come to the forefront once again as manager Roberto Mancini says he wants him “out of the club” following the Argentine’s refusal to come on as a substitute in last night’s loss to Bayern Munich.
Mancini and Tevez have maintained an uneasy truce since the striker agitated publicly for a move away from the club to be closer to his family during the summer transfer window but last night appears to be the final nail in the coffin for his career at the club.
“If I have my way he will be out. He’s finished with me”, Mancini said after the game. “If we want to improve as a team Carlos can’t play with us. With me, he is finished.”
“Can you imagine a Bayern Munich, Milan or Man United player doing this?”
With City trailing 2-0 and struggling to cope with Bayern Munich, Mancini took off Edin Dzeko for Nigel DeJong only for the Bosnian to display his displeasure at the decision by throwing his tracksuit top to the floor and shouting at the Italian manager.
Tevez too it seems was unhappy and when Mancini called on him to warm up he refused and a heated exchange ensued.
“What I said to Carlos is between me, him and the team”, Mancini said, “I am really disappointed because it is Carlos. I decide the changes.”
“It’s a bad situation, it’s important for a player to help the team. It is impossible.
“He refused to warm up and again refused to go on the pitch. If a player has a lot of money to play for Manchester City … he can’t do this, never.
“I wanted to calm everything and put Carlos Tevez on the pitch. Dzeko was disappointed but he played a bad game. It is the last time any player at this club does that.”
Tevez was left on the bench for all of Saturday’s win over Everton with Mancini preferring to introduce Mario Balotelli who broke the deadlock in a 2-0 win and it appears Tevez has grown impatient at his lack of game time this season.
“Before, we never had a problem, we started the season very well but I can’t accept one player refusing to go in”, Mancini said.
“We will speak about this with the chairman in the next few days.”
But Tevez on Wednesday morning claimed he did not refuse to play he said in his statement “I would like to apologise to all Manchester City fans, with whom I have always had a strong relationship, for any misunderstanding that occurred in Munich.”
He added: “They understand that when I am on the pitch I have always given my best for the club. In Munich on Tuesday I had warmed up and was ready to play. This is not the right time to get into specific details as to why this did not happen. But I wish to state that I never refused to play.
“There was some confusion on the bench and I believe my position may have been misunderstood. Going forward I am ready to play when required and to fulfil my obligations.”