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Can Tevez Really Play For City Again After This Interview?

Amazingly, Manchester United are still in touching distance with Manchester City at the top of the table, despite our crippling injuries.

Carlos Tevez, who was City’s top scorer last season, finally had enough and refused to play for the blues again, having a strop in Munich then fleeing to Argentina. After spending the past two years talking about his depression at City, considering early retirement, and reiterating his desperation to move closer to home, Tevez entered in to talks with Italian clubs, a further few hours away from Argentina.

During this time, Roberto Mancini repeatedly claimed that Tevez didn’t have a future at City. When asked whether he was finished with the club back in September, Mancini said: “I don’t decide this, but if I did, then yes. I cannot accept this behaviour.”

Mancini indicated that if Tevez had been prepared to apologise there might have been a way back for him, but given an apology wasn’t forthcoming, they no longer wanted him.

“I don’t know when I expect to see Carlos again,” he said the following month. “I know he’s in Argentina but I don’t know other things. I don’t think there is any way back for Carlos. One must always act in a fair way, especially if you are the captain of Manchester City, a prestigious club. Anyone can make a mistake and no error is irreparable. It would have been enough to apologise for dropping the case. So he’s not wanted.”

Whilst Mancini would have been prepared to forgive and forget, the City manager revealed that Tevez didn’t feel as though he needed to apologise.

“After Munich, I called him to my house and told him if he apologised he could come back,” he said in December. “For me, it is no problem. He has always said that he wants to leave Manchester, that he wants to be close to his family. I would have forgiven him. But he replied that he didn’t have to apologise to anyone.”

Three weeks ago, Tevez talked of his desire to sign for AC Milan, after offers from PSG and Inter Milan came in for him.

“My destination is Milan,” he said. “I only see myself in the Rossoneri colours. Now I’m waiting for Milan.”

Tevez kept waiting and Mancini yet again confirmed it would be “impossible” for the Argentinian to play for City if a deal wasn’t agreed with another club.

However, no club met City’s asking price, meaning the striker had no choice but to stay. He has since claimed he would be open to playing for City again and shockingly, Mancini has backtracked and suggested he would be happy to see Tevez wear their shirt again.

To throw a spanner in the works, today, speaking to Fox Sports Latin America, Tevez has made it that bit more difficult to return to City. Firstly, he criticises the fans and claims he didn’t deserve the treatment he got following the incident in Munich.

“I want to go back to Manchester and win over the City fans,” he said. “People turned their back on me. I didn’t understand City fans burning my shirt. It hurt. It’s normal they react like that because they read all sorts of things. To be insulted by fans after what happened in Munich was something I didn’t deserve.”

Tevez then went on to explain what happened in Munich from his perspective.

“I warmed up during the first half,” he said. “Then went to dressing room and I was ready for the second half. In the second half Mancini decided to replace Dzeko with De Jong. It was a defensive substitution and I didn’t understand. Dzeko argued with Mancini so I decided to sit. Dzeko was arguing in Bosnian and Mancini was yelling back at him in Italian. I decided to keep out of it but then Mancini noticed I’d sat down. He started yelling at me, telling me to get up again. He was treating me like a dog. Mancini told me all sorts of things there. I don’t know why. I was relaxed. I was talking to Zabaleta. I had no problems. I never refused to play. I refused to keep warming up. The club investigated and then they fined me.”

Tevez then focussed specifically on Mancini’s role, claiming that the manager only was so hard on him because City had signed Aguero.

“If it’s true that Mancini said he will welcome me back if I’m fit, then I like those quotes,” he said. “But if he only said it for the media… But he also said I was never going to be playing for him again. So I don’t know. Mancini’s position got stronger when Kun Aguero arrived. I don’t know if he would have done the things he did if this was last season. Last season we almost exchanged punches! But he never said anything. He got a better team this season and felt like making the decision. I was very upset by everything and maybe I wasn’t seeing things clearly. That Bayern episode could have been avoided. They could have kicked me out of the club without saying all the things they said, they could have dealt with the situation in a different way. I think that’s where Mancini got things wrong. If we had a problem, we could have sorted it out in a different way.”

Then to add insult to injury, Tevez claimed that Ferguson, not Mancini, was the greatest club manager he had played for, along with former Argentina coach Marcelo Bielsa. It was also his former Manchester United team mates he sung the praises of, not his current team mates at City.

“I think Ferguson and Bielsa are the best managers,” he said. “I know Ferguson didn’t have the best relationship with me but together with Bielsa, those two are the best managers I had. Paul Scholes is the best professional. Him, Rooney and Giggs, I have no words. They were excellent to me.”

Now it goes without saying that this situation would never be permitted at United, but at City, who knows whether they will be willing to forgive him yet again. He constantly spoke of his desperation to leave yet they rewarded him with the captain’s armband, so who knows whether they will let him play for them again? It would obviously suit our title challenge a lot better if they let him rot with the Reserves (or Elite Development Training Squad) but you can’t rule out City bending over backwards to accommodate this disloyal mercenary yet again.

Translated by Mundo Albiceleste

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  1. kanchelskis says:

    WOAH! Stat attack:

    Ryan Giggs has faced the same number of opposition teams as Jonny Evans has made United first-team appearances – 111.

  2. smartalex says:

    Warren Joyce has explained Joshua King flitting between United and Hull City. King featured in Hull’s 3-0 win over Bristol City on the weekend, but also played for United reserves last week.

    “Joshua’s not had a lot of football this season,” Joyce told “He’s in the situation where the ground has been frosty and hard up there and he’s trying to get himself going to play and break into the Hull side. He’s not had much football and asked if he could come here and train for a day or so because he knows we’ve got undersoil heating.”

    “So we gave him a run-out for 60 minutes on Thursday to try and build him up to help him get in the team there.”

  3. smartalex says:

    ex MEN

    Eric Mullender, nearly 30 years after spotting a nine-year-old Ryan Giggs:
    “In those days you couldn’t sign boys until they were 14. He’d been coming to us for three and half years. It was only in the last few weeks that United got interested. Brian Kidd was in charge of United’s youth system at the time and I used to see him a lot on Saturday’s. I was disappointed when he decided to join United, but I’ve followed his career very closely. He’s a credit to himself and the sport. He’s comparable to anybody you care to mention.”

    Gary Neville:
    “You talk about the great legends of United and Giggsy’s up there with the very best. Busby, Ferguson, Charlton, Giggs – that’s the quartet who sit at the top of this club. You can separate them from everybody else, with their longevity, their games and their medals, but also the way they embody everything that’s great about United.”

    Sir Alex wrote in his foreword to Ryan Giggs: My Life Story:
    “How I would love to adorn my teamsheet with the words ‘Sir Ryan Giggs. And why not? After all, it might be said that Clive Woodward became a knight of the realm essentially for winning three games at the 2003 World Cup.”

  4. King Eric says:

    Jeet – Yes good thanks mate. Sorry to hear of your father and like you say Keith Richards is still touring now! Oh their early work was excellent.

  5. PLT says:

    The poor boy Tevez has obviously run out of pocket money after losing nearly £10million in wages! And if City are stupid enough to let him back into the team, just to try and help with their title push then they really are desperate and worried about United. SAFs not even started the mind games yet but they’re obviously worried and see Tevez as the only solution to bolster their chances of winning the league. If one of our players left on a plane for 5-6 months because he spat his dummy out, he’d NEVER play for the club again. If Mancini welcomes him back it shows he’s a weak, weak man.

  6. smartalex says:

    Perhaps the 1000 games-for-club-and-country mark will tip the scales for Giggs Knighthood.
    Although, it might be a ‘jolly good show’ to have ‘Sir Ryan’ competing in the Olympics.

  7. booch says:

    Hi Everyone on this site i am very well thanks about City they are crap and manchester united are the best team in the PL and Rooney is the best goalscorer in the PL so far in this leauge and wat wrong with Nani and when is Cleverley coming back 4 united anyone agree that united are the best and City are crap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Cadelin says:

    The PC brigade will never allow Sir Ryan his dues solely because of his marital issues.
    Same happened to Phil Taylor the Darts legend.

    Yhogurt knitting Idiots with nothing better to do than meddle in other peoples affairs (no pun intended on Sir Ryans issue(s)).

  9. smartalex says:

    John Aldridge writes in The Liverpool Echo:

    “The input of Alex Ferguson on the future of Luis Suarez was not needed this weekend. His comments after the match, when he told satellite television that Suarez should never play for the club again, were not welcome.”

    “You don’t get Kenny Dalglish passing comment on Wayne Rooney’s conduct or future at Manchester United, for example, and saying that he should no longer be allowed to play for United. But we all know that Ferguson takes any opportunity to stick the knife in when he can and he didn’t waste the opportunity on Saturday afternoon. Ferguson should not be commenting on this.”

    - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - –

    Aldridge is a blinkered buffoon!

    Sir Alex is entitled to comment when gross disrespect is shown to Manchester United. Especially on events that occur during our matches at Old Trafford, our home. In fact, Sir Alex is compelled to answer the questions put forward in the compulsory post-match interview.

    Holding up Dalglish as an example of apt behaviour is nothing short of ludicrous. Aldridge is an inane imbecile who harms LFC by pointing outward when introspection is required.

  10. kanchelskis says:

    Cadelin says:

    Yhogurt knitting Idiots


    So THAT’s how yoghurt is made…

  11. kanchelskis says:


    Aldrige – what a twat. Ferguson and United have kept their counsel impeccably throughout the entire affair. Then when Ferguson finally says something, long after the whole thing’s gone too fucking far, twats like Aldridge pipe up with criticism.

    And to compare Dalglish favourably to him in the context of this whole affair? Does he think it’s April Fool’s Day instead of Valentine’s Day or something?

    Fucking twat.

  12. smartalex says:

    Further to my response to Aldridge’s ridiculous views:

    Sir Alex actually did LFC an enormous favour by immediately shifting all the blame off LFC and onto Suarez. SAF effectively enabled an end to this sorry sordid mess for LFC.

    I don’t expect any thanks, but biting your opponent’s hand when he helps you up is weak.

  13. wayne says:

    Fucking Tevez interview priceles,Bobby Manc treated me like a dog and i think he a total cunt,his tatics are fucked up but can’t wait to get back playing.

  14. WillieRedNut says:

    Roses are Red, Violets are Blue. I love United, but hate those fucking Blues!

  15. smartalex says:

    kanchelskis – excellent comment at 12:03. You summed it up exactly!

  16. smartalex says:

    Noses are red, hemorrhoids are blue.
    One loves fresh air, the other loves poo.

  17. smartalex says:

    Sir Alex is Red, Villas-boas is Blue
    SAF is a Master, Boas has no clue.

  18. King Eric says:

    Aldridge is a fucking wanker who considers himself a dipper legend despite ONE fucking season. Fake Ian Rush wannabe. Horrible bastard still stuck in 88/89 with that hideous hairdo and tache. Fuck off John.

  19. Giggs12Gerrard0 says:

    Roses are red
    Violets are blue
    Suarez is a goofy racist bastard,
    And Kenny hasnt got a clue

  20. Lebomanc says:

    Hilarious stuff here by WRD,smartalex and giggs12

  21. Mikekelly12 says:

    Just booked a table for valentines day for me and the mrs! I can see it ending in tears though. She’s fucking shit at snooker!

    Back soon fellas

  22. WillieRedNut says:

    Quality Mike! :)

    Roses are Red Violets are Pink! Old Trafford smells lovely, but anfield stinks!

  23. Cadelin says:

    Roses are red
    Violets are blue,
    Its ok to use racist language in Uruguay
    And at the red hole in Liverpool too.

    Or …

    Roses are Red
    Violets are Blue
    Aldridge is a Joke
    And the Bin Dippers are too.

    Too much material and not enough time !!

  24. YorYor says:

    The globalisation of the EPL has brought so many twats forth. There’s Blanka, and now a certain Aldridge. Oh, you forgot the “Sir” you old excuse of an English subject.

  25. Redbilly says:

    Tevez the sun- if it’s true Mancini wants me, im happy but I don’t know if hes saying the truth because he us contradictory. Fuck me . Pot calling the kettle black. Deserve each other .

  26. LoneStarRed says:

    I so hope he goes back to City. There is much work yet to be done by Agent Tevez to help the United cause.

  27. Redbilly says:


  28. smartalex says:

    “If they can have Scholes,” she said. “Why shouldn’t we have Carlos Tevez back?”

    To connect the two may seem fanciful. One was the humble, modest one-club servant who was so reluctant to sever links with his employers he was still hanging around training long after he was meant to have retired. And the other ..?

    In March 1972, with City confidently ensconced at the head of the table, Rodney Marsh was bought by manager Malcolm Allison from Queens Park Rangers to give the title bid a final supercharge. It didn’t work out like that. Finding a way to accommodate him successfully undermined the carefully constructed team spirit of the side. There just wasn’t the space in the dressing room for his enormous self-esteem. City slumped, the title went to Derby and Manchester’s other club has not been as close to the finishing line since. Until this season.

    A good read, on-topic-wise:

  29. guatepepsol says:

    This is what it feels to be City!!


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