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Tevez does a Rooney at City

Carlos Tevez performed a Wayne Rooney-style about-turn last night by withdrawing his request to leave Manchester City and expressing his “absolute commitment” to the club.

Just when it looked as if the player was on his way out, the Argentinian striker agreed to stay after “clear the air” talks with the club’s hierarchy earlier in the day.

The Rooney-esque behaviour of the captain, however, failed to inspire City, who crashed 2-1 at home to Everton and thus missed the opportunity to lead the top tier at Christmas for the first time in 81 years.

First half goals from Everton’s Tim Cahill and Leighton Baines ultimately ruined the party mood at Eastlands — but brought festive cheer to the red half of Manchester, with United now assured of the ‘Christmas number 1’ slot.

In a statement released just before the match, City said: “Manchester City can confirm to its fans that ‘clear the air’ talks have been held with Carlos Tevez.

“During the meeting Carlos expressed his absolute commitment to the club and formally withdrew his transfer request.

“Carlos’ contract remains unchanged and both Carlos and the Football Club are keen to focus on the opportunities that lie ahead.”

Roberto Mancini, the City manager, said: “Carlos is a world-class player whose contribution since he joined the club has been invaluable.

“I am pleased that we are now able to focus on pure football matters and to be able to look forward to Carlos continuing to play a significant role in the club’s progress.”

On a sub-zero night, both teams finished the game with ten men, with Everton’s Victor Anichebe and City’s Kolo Toure sent off.

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