Roberto Mancini hints at Manchester City stay for Carlos Tevez

By IndepthAfrica
In Soccer
Apr 29th, 2012

Carlos Tevez (R) of Manchester City celebrates scoring against Norwich City during their English Premier League soccer match in Norwich, eastern England, April 14, 2012. REUTERS/Andrew Winning

Roberto Mancini has dropped the biggest hint yet that Carlos Tevez will remain with Manchester City beyond the summer after admitting he doesn’t expect the Argentine to hit top form until next season.

Tevez has been instrumental in City’s renewed Premier League title charge in recent weeks, scoring four goals in three games to help Roberto Mancini’s men close the gap on arch rivals Manchester United to three points at the top of the table.

The 27-year-0ld has been welcomed back into the City fold with open arms despite spending three months in a self-imposed exile after his infamous bust-up with Mancvini during the club’s UEFA Champions League clash with Bayern Munich.

It appeared as though there would be no way back for him at the Etihad Stadium, with Mancini claiming the striker was “finished” and Tevez reiterating his desire to quit the club.

Moves to AC Milan, Internazionale and Paris Saint-Germain all fell by the way side in January, with Tevez forced to return to the north west of England and make a groveling apology to his boss, the club and the fans.

However, he has not looked back since, and as City prepare to host United in a potentially title deciding clash at the Etihad on Monday night, Mancini has sung the praises of his reborn frontman and believes he will only get better next season.

“It is difficult for him to play after six months. “For this reason he played only the last two or three games. I think he can find his best form next season, after pre-season.”

When asked if that meant Mancini wanted to keep Tevez, who is widely expected to leave in the summer, the Italian said coyly: “I think he has a contract with Manchester City, but I don’t think in this moment it is important to talk about the future for everyone.”

Instead Mancini’s focus remains on United with Tevez once again expected to partner compatriot Sergio Aguero in attack for the visit of his former club.

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