Eastlands outfit will not allow want-away striker leave.
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Manchester City will force Carlos Tevez to stay at club
Manchester City will not sell want-away striker Carlos Tevez in January, BBC Sport understands.
The 26-year-old says he wants to leave because his relations with “certain executives” at the Eastlands club have “broken down beyond repair”.
But a senior club official described this as “ludicrous and nonsensical”.
If Tevez refuses to play or retires, the club will seek compensation for breach of contract from his agent and former ‘owner’ Kia Joorabchian.
The deal, which has three-and-a-half years to run, is estimated to amount to tens of millions of pounds.
City made the decision not to sell Tevez after talks with club owner Sheikh Mansour.
The club have already rejected a written transfer request from Tevez, who has reportedly cited family reasons as the motive behind his decision to leave.
The Argentina striker said: “It is something I have felt for some time and have spent many hours thinking this through.”
In a statement, Tevez stressed he had “no personal issue” with manager Roberto Mancini and thanked club owner Sheikh Mansour for his “understanding and support”.
The Manchester City captain, who controversially joined from rivals Manchester United 17 months ago, revealed he first asked to leave this summer, but claimed he was dissuaded by long-time adviser Joorabchian.
City’s hierarchy have implied that the blame lies with the Iranian businessman, describing Joorabchian’s actions in relation to Tevez’s situation as “disappointing”.
But Tevez said: “I hugely resent suggestions that I have been unduly influenced by others. I wanted to leave in the summer, but was convinced to return.
“Sadly, my feelings have not changed. I am disappointed that the management should now see fit to try to portray the situation in another light.
“My relationship with certain executives and individuals at the club has broken down and is now beyond repair. I do not wish to expand on this at this stage. They know, because I have told them.”
City have claimed they have done everything in their power to help their highest-paid player, whose two young daughters live in Argentina, deal with his personal issues.
The club hopes that Tevez will play until the summer when he will be sold.
Tevez’s contract at Eastlands does not expire until July 2014, and City claimed Joorabchian had, in recent months, been pressing for that deal to be improved and extended. (BBC Sport)
This should be interested. If Manchester City really felt like it, they could of course refuse to sell the Argentine striker for the duration of his contract as clearly the money they would potentially lose from doing so will not be a problem for the mega rich club. However in all likelihood if the 26 year old sticks by his guns in the long term Roberto Mancini may insist on selling the player instead of keeping an unhappy influence in the dressing room.
Given the amount that the former West Ham and Man United man is reportedly earning one can only imagine that any dispute he has with the club is no financial and therefore based on other issues that the club can not control. I.e. the speculated issue of homesickness and family issues that appear to be uppermost in Tevez’s mind.
Real Madrid appear to be leading the chase for Carlos Tevez but perhaps a move to Argentina will in the end materialise.
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