Manchester City manager prepared to play Carlos Tevez
Roberto Mancini watched his Manchester City team cruise to a 4-0 victory against FC Porto on Wednesday night, although the big talking point of the week is the return of Carlos Tevez to the Premier League club.
February 22nd, 2012
Tevez has not been involved in the first-team squad since that infamous night at the Allianz Arena on 27 September, although his apology on Tuesday night has paved the way for the forward to be once again involved in first team affairs.
Mancini declared last autumn that the player was finished at Eastlands and it had appeared that the Argentine would get a new club during the January transfer window, although interest from Internazionale and AC Milan came to nothing.
Now Mancini is ready to welcome him back. The City manager told ESPN: “One week after Munich I called him to my house and said, ‘Carlos, apologise to everyone and it’s finished’.
“I have no problem. I think he needs two to three weeks to train, then some games.”
Players’ chief Gordon Taylor was also pleased to see the situation resolved.
“I’m very glad, having dealt with him and represented him,” Taylor said.
“Sorry has been said; sometimes it’s the hardest word. Sometimes if you can grasp that nettle early on it makes like so much better for all parties, that’s what we’re about in football: respect.”