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Hardball now for Tevez?

  • 06 July 2011 09:14
  • Posted by Peter Ferguson

As speculation rages that Samir Nasri and Stefan Savic are Eastlands-bound, one name dominates the headlines as Carlos Tevez's latest declaration of intent sinks in.

The striker's fresh plea to leave sparks reaction around the globe, plus a page of pie charts and stats in the Mail reminding us how good he is, but the coverage hasn't the same tone as last time.

Over at The National, a publication that -like the rest of the Middle East - now takes a forensic interest in City's business - Kevin Affleck's report reflects the prevailing new mood.

He writes: "The executives at Manchester City will continue to adopt a defiant stance over the future of the restless Carlos Tevez, who continues to agitate for a move away from the Abu Dhabi-owned club.

"Tevez, 27, publicly announced his desire to leave the English Premier League club for the second time in seven months on Monday, yet the news has not sent a wave of panic through the boardroom at Eastlands.

"Following the first transfer request in December, which was retracted in the space of a week, the club had always readied themselves for a repeat performance from a player who has spent no more than two seasons at his two previous Premier League clubs.

"Yet he has not handed in an official transfer request this time. Tevez still has three years left on (his) contract ... and City intend to make sure he honours that agreement until they receive an offer which matches their valuation.

"He is the club's highest-paid player and any interested club — Tevez favours a move to Spain or Italy — will either have to meet his pay demands or Tevez will have to accept a reduced salary.

His current employers will not be prepared to subsidise any part of any deal

"City will also be fairly relaxed about the prospect of retaining an unhappy player. Tevez expressed his unhappiness with life in England in December but still went on to score a further 14 goals. Tevez knows a self-enforced prolonged absence from the team will see his stock plummet.

"There also appears little chance of City indulging Tevez with a new improved contract. Given the resources at the club's disposal City, unlike so many clubs with a disgruntled player on their books, are also under no pressure to sell."

Now that's hardball, Kev, and Ian Herbert at The Independent also senses the mood ...

He writes that "chairman Khaldoon al-Mubarak believes that allowing Carlos Tevez to break his five-year contract would be a betrayal of the principles the Abu Dhabi owners want at their club, and has made no plea to the Argentine to stay.

"Mubarak, who has been at the hub of several telephone calls involving Tevez and his agent, Kia Joorabchian, will allow him to leave only if a figure approaching City's £50m valuation is met. Tevez may have a long wait to see if the Italian club most likely to give him an escape route from City – Internazionale – are ready to do so.

"Though City have reminded the football world that Tevez is only two years into a five-year deal which no one forced him to sign, the big question is how far below £50m – and perhaps how far below £40m – a bid would need to be for the club to sell."

Herbs also writes with conviction: "There are few at any level at Eastlands who would be distraught if a deal can be agreed and Tevez released from what he claims is a personal torture."

Crikey. Who's going to be first to wheel out the Human Rights Act and a quote from Amnesty?

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