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Manchester City stars lose patience as Tevez plots departure

Three senior players at Manchester City have told manager Roberto Mancini that they do not want Carlos Tevez to be captain of the side if he returns next season, delivering the first evidence that the interminable uncertainty over the Argentine's future is damaging his popularity.

Tevez's strongest public hint yet of his intention to return to Eastlands next season was accompanied at the weekend by a claim that he had been offered — and rejected — a staggering £250,000-a-week salary.

Tevez is already City's highest paid player and the dressing room's questioning of why he should lead the side despite his apparent indifference about his future at the club suggests that he now needs to make a decision.

Though Tevez's contribution far outstripped that of any team-mates last season and the player has had to deal with and enforced separation from his daughters, who live with their mother in Buenos Aires, City's transfer market activity this summer hinges on whether he will stay or go.

Vincent Kompany, the club's player of the year, who appeared with the FA Cup at the symbolic press conference which preceded City's open-top tour of Manchester two weeks ago, is seen as the more obvious choice of captain, though City's players have made no secret of the importance of Tevez to the side.

Even if he does return, Tevez has positioned himself at odds with the Eastlands board.

He characterised himself at the weekend as a player with a direct line to the club's owner Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, whom he claims directly offered him the new deal deal to stay at Eastlands after the FA Cup final win over Stoke City.

City reject any notion that Tevez has a direct line to Sheikh Mansour and deny there was a new offer.

Bayern Munich remain confident they will be able to agree a fee with City for Jerome Boateng.

Though City have signalled they do not want to sell, Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed the defender is on the club's radar and he hopes in the coming days the clubs will be able to finalise a deal.

“I believe that there is a chance that we will come to an agreement. We will have to play a waiting game and this is not something which will be resolved in the next two or three days,” Rummenigge said.

City would want around £17.7m for a player they paid £10.4m to Hamburg last summer. Bayern's asking price is closer to €12.5m (£11m).

Meanwhile, Wolves chief executive Jez Moxey is optimistic Tottenham midfielder Jamie O'Hara will make the permanent switch to Molineux in a £5million deal.

Moxey confirmed negotiations had been “positive” with O'Hara after the player enjoyed a successful loan spell at Wolves during the second half of last season.

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