The big freeze between Carlos Tevez and the Manchester City manager, Roberto Mancini, appeared to be no closer to a thaw last night, with the two men still to meet each other a full week after the Argentinian striker's return to Manchester.
Mancini was at the club's Carrington training ground to take a training session yesterday but with Tevez not scheduled to be in for training until 3pm, the player is understood not to have had a chance to offer the manager an explanation of the interview – granted prior to his departure for Britain – which has set the two men's relationship back yet further. Speaking to the Argentinian TV channel Fox Sports, Tevez said that he had been "treated like a dog" by Mancini, over his refusal to warm up when a substitute for a Champions League match against Bayern Munich in Germany in September.
Tevez, who has not played for City since the incident, was linked with moves to Internazionale, Milan and Paris St-Germain during the transfer window in January, but nothing was concluded.
Mancini flew to Italy to see his father, Aldo, at the weekend – delaying the prospect of a discussion to clear the air.