By Chris Wright
Things have been decidedly ropey on the Carlos Tevez-front since at Man City since the short-stack striker handed in a transfer request around the turn of the year, but manager Roberto Mancini is still adamant that the Argentinian will be at the club next season.
Speaking after Tevez had notched a pair of world-class pearlers during City’s 3-0 win over Stoke in the Premier League last night, Mancini said:
“[Tevez] has a five-year contract and has told us he wants to stay. He said that before. He never had any problem.
“Carlos has scored 20 goals this season. Every time (he scores) we say Carlos is an important player. Carlos is Carlos. He is a fantastic striker and a fantastic player for us. I think he will stay here next year. He doesn’t have a problem.
“I spoke with him many times in the last 20 days. It is my opinion that Carlos stays here next season.
“In December he had a problem. But everyone can change his opinion. I don’t know what his representatives think.
“Carlos is an important player here. The feeling for him is good. Nowhere else can he find behaviour that all people (at City) have for him.”
Which, all-in-all, sounds eerily familiar to the line that Sir Alex Ferguson took (“We had a chat, he knows I want him to stay”) shortly before Tevez jumped the United ship to join City two years ago.