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Manchester City wary of Carlos Tevez saga

By Ian Herbert

Roberto Mancini said yesterday that he will not allow Carlos Tevez to embroil Manchester City in a drawn-out summer transfer saga which could wreck their plans to build for next season.

It is understood that Tevez's doubts about his City future stem in part from uncertainty over whether the club will be playing Champions League football next season, with Mancini's future involvement beyond this May also unclear if that target is not attained.

Mancini revealed yesterday that Tevez's two weeks away in Milan, a city where the striker might be employed by next August if Internazionale's possible £40m bid firms up, were not spent with the Argentinian team doctor but with a masseur and acknowledged that he will need another of the heart-to-hearts he had with Tevez at the end of last season, to establish where he stands with the 27-year-old.

“After we have won the FA Cup and if we go into the Champions League, [then] we can talk with him about this,” said Mancini of Tevez, who will not be considered for Wembley if he is not fit to face Tottenham at Eastlands three days before.

“Yeah, yeah [we need to do it early]. We need to talk but we have time for this.”

Mancini said he did not believe a top-four finish would dictate the Argentinian's future.

Mancini's discussion of Sunday's home match with West Ham, which could see City move to within two points of Arsenal with a game in hand if Manchester United prevail at the Emirates, included a sense that he does not feel totally secure about his own future.

“First of all I have to concentrate on getting into the Champions League and winning the FA Cup,” he said. “But also, all the hard work has been in the first year and a half, to build the basics. I would be very disappointed to leave after the hard work is done.”

He rejected suggestions of a summer move to Juventus, despite claims that he is in “pole position” to land the job which will be vacated by Gigi Delneri in the summer.

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