Etihad Stadium striker in high spirits, and not just because he had invented his own ‘hide the nose’ game to play on the Man City bench.
Roberto Mancini believes Carlos Tevez is ready to help fire Manchester City’s push for the Barclays Premier League title after flying his family in from Argentina.
Tevez has sought a move away City this summer for the sake of his family and told chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak in June that he needed to play in a country where they would be happy.
But with the transfer window closing next Wednesday and no clubs indicating they are ready to bid for Tevez, his wife, Vanesa, and daughters Florencia and Katia, have joined him in Manchester.
Mancini hopes their presence will help Tevez, 27, find peace of mind and City’s manager is confident the high-profile recruitment of Sergio Aguero and Samir Nasri is a clear indication of City’s intent.
‘For Carlos it has always been about family reasons – they are here,’ said Mancini. ‘If his family are here, I think he can stay. I think this is a good moment for this club. Carlos is one of the best players that we have.
‘If Carlos stays we have four strikers. We will need them all. Look at the fixtures we have this season. In October, we play Champions League (against Villarreal) then on the Sunday, Manchester United. In December, it is Bayern Munich then Chelsea.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
Where does this leave Carlos Tevez and indeed Man City? The Argentine professed his dislike for the city of Manchester and as a result tried to engineer a move away from the Etihad Stadium, only problem was that no side wanted to fork out the reported £50m it would’ve taken to sign the 27 year old. Roberto Mancini then invested a huge sum in a replacement, Sergio Aguero from Atletico Madrid, so what now?
Tevez has always stated that his reasons for wanting to leave City was down to his need to be closer to his family so when talk of a move to Inter Milan faltered, probably because the former West Ham and Man United man realised that in distance terms the Italian city was even further from Buenos Aires, it seemed that the game was up and that the striker had no choice other than to stay put.
Mancini now has an embarrassment of riches up front and with Aguero and Dzeko both looking in good nick and with Mario Balotelli on the bench waiting for his chance, will Tevez be left to take part in Carling Cup fixtures or will he force his way into the starting eleven?