Etihad Stadium boss gives Argentine another second chance.
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is ready to welcome Carlos Tevez back into the fold and aid his side’s Premier League title bid.
Tevez has not played for City since becoming embroiled in a dispute with the club in September following his failure to warm up during a Champions League match against Bayern Munich.
Now it appears as though Mancini – having once stated Tevez would not play for the club again – is ready to give the 28-year-old a way back in at the Etihad Stadium.
The Argentinian, who has been in his homeland without the club’s permission since November, had appeared set to leave City during the January transfer window but, despite interest from Inter Milan, AC Milan and Paris St Germain, no move was forthcoming.
Mancini, who has seen his options up front limited by Mario Balotelli’s four-match suspension, said: “Everyone knows that Tevez is a top player and it probably would have been better for us if he’d been here.
“Carlos can change a lot of games. If he comes back next week, maybe he can help us in the last three months.
“Carlos knows the situation. If he comes back, we talk. Why not? I don’t have a problem.”
One wonders what has led to Roberto Mancini’s change of heart when it comes to his attitude towards Carlos Tevez. The Italian has stated in the past that he would not play the Argentine again but perhaps the fact that no club made a good enough offer for the Man City last month has left the Premier League leaders wanting to prove his ability ahead of any potential summer departure.
Clearly Man City have managed pretty damn well without the former West Ham & Man United man, the Etihad Stadium side are top of the table and have scored more goals than any other side in the division, but have hit a run of fairly average form and may feel that Tevez can be the shot in the arm the club need to push on in their pursuit of a domestic title.
Tevez finished as Man City’s top scorer two seasons in a row before this term and could well add another dimension to a front line that also includes Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Mario Balotelli.
First they need Carlos Tevez to return to the club from his AWOL spell from Argentina and some have doubted that he would be willing to return to the club at all, such has been the turbulent nature of his relationship with boss Roberto Mancini.