Mancini bemused by Tevez claims
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has no idea why the blame for all Carlos Tevez's problems has suddenly been laid at his door.
With Tevez likely to remain at City beyond the transfer deadline, a repair job could be required to patch up the South American's differences with Mancini. Yet, until Friday, when Tevez's long-time advisor Kia Joorabchian outlined the fact his client had always felt uneasy about Mancini, the City boss did not think there were any problems beyond their obvious fall-out in Munich last September.
"I don't know why they are suggesting this," said Mancini, of the image that is being portrayed about his relationship with Tevez.
"I have always had a good relationship with him. After Munich, I called him to my house and told him if he apologised he could come back. For me, it is no problem.
"I had always good behaviour from him. I don't know what the problem is. He has always said that he wants to leave Manchester, that he wants to be close to his family. I have helped him with this, last year and this year.
"It is very strange."
The fact Joorabchian did make his comments means that it is fairly easy to come up with a name to fill the criticisms of some agents that Mancini, without naming anyone, outlined ahead of the Blues' Premier League encounter with Everton this evening.
"Sometimes it is difficult to understand why some players have certain agents," said Mancini.
"If I was a player I would never take an agent like some who work here. First the agent should find the player work, after that they should help players in difficult situations; help them, not put them against the club or the manager or the other players.
"Agents are important for doing this, not only for earning lots of money."