Etihad Stadium not about to lose skipper.
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has opened the door for captain Carlos Tevez to stay at the club this summer – because nobody wants him.
The 27-year-old has declared his intention to leave the Blues this summer in order to be closer to his family in Argentina.
But the Argentine international’s high wages and £50million price tag has put off any potential suitors.
Corinthians could have bought Tevez for £40million but could not provide guarantees of the cash payments, while Inter Milan only want him on-loan.
He has returned to training but it is still anticipated he will leave City before the transfer window closes at the end of the month, with Inter leading the chase.
But Mancini insists there has been no contact. And with time ticking down, he would welcome the prospect of Tevez staying where he is.
“It is two weeks until the end of the market,” said Mancini. “I think it is difficult for him to leave.
“I don’t know if he will stay but at the moment, there isn’t a team who want to take him. I would be happy if he stays.”
Mancini has indicated Tevez will not be involved in Monday’s Premier League opener with Swansea, whilst fellow countryman Sergio Aguero is only likely to be on the bench as he is also lacking match sharpness.
“Sergio is not ready to play 90 minutes,” said the City chief.