Roberto Mancini has responded to suggestions that Carlos Tevez might be unsettled at Manchester City by declaring that any player who does not want to be at the club should leave.
The view at some clubs is that Tevez (pictured) might be hankering for a move this summer if City cannot offer him Champions League football next season.
But in another sign that Mancini is unwilling to tolerate challenges to his authority from his most lavishly paid players, the City manager declared ahead of a critical five-day period in which City face two of their challengers for fourth spot that he only wants players committed to the cause.
He also pointedly remarked that Tevez was in no position to question his own double training sessions as he had only attended two of them in the past five months. “If a top player is not happy to stay here then it's better to go to another team,” Mancini said. “I think this is not just the case for Tevez but for all players.
“This is the same for Tevez, for Manu (Emmanuel Adebayor), for me, for all. It's important that when a manager or player works in a team, he must be happy to work in this team. It's not good for the club, for the squad, for the player if he is not.”
And of his own new training regime, he added: “We trained twice in the same day only four times in five months. Two of those times Carlos was in Argentina; one time he didn't train.
“I don't know why (he's unhappy). When we don't have a midweek game I always train two times on Tuesday because it's the only way I know. By working we can improve, but we won't improve if we work two days and have one day off.”
Mancini hinted yesterday that he had laid down the law at a meeting with the player.
“I've spoken to him,” Mancini said. “I don't know if he has a problem but he works very well now. What we said is private [but] I reminded him that he only had to train twice in a day once.
“When I speak to a player I don't need an apology. I've played football, I know players very well and I know this situation.”