Manchester City legend Mike Summerbee is convinced the club will prosper no matter whether Carlos Tevez decides to leave or not.
City are still coming to terms with Tevez's obvious desire to quit, even if they are somewhat confused as to his reasons.
The 26-year-old has claimed his relationship with senior executive figures at Eastlands — thought to be chief executive Garry Cook and football administration officer Brian Marwood — is broken beyond repair.
However, it has been asked how often Tevez would have actually come into contact with the duo and, as relations with manager Roberto Mancini have also been frosty -—quite apart from the obvious distraction of his two young daughters living with his estranged partner in Argentina — City are anxious to discover exactly what the problem is.
“Bert Trautmann was a great player. Francis Lee and Colin Bell were great players. Bobby Johnstone was a great player,” Summerbee said.
“They all left but this football club continued. The club will be there forever. It doesn't matter what the situation is.
“It is a bit upsetting it has got to this situation because he (Tevez) has been such a good player for us, but Manchester City will go on and we are only going one way — upwards.”
Tevez is due back to training today after being given an extra day off by Mancini.