Writer: Johnny Baguette
Date:Sunday June 5 2011
Worldwide groans greet the latest Carlos Tévez will he, won't he exclusives. Let's get this straight and stopped off now...
Two weeks on from the end of the season, Manchester City's captain, who submitted a transfer request then withdrew it six months ago, still refuses to commit to the club he is contracted to play for by contradicting the contradictory statements that he has been making alongside his agent ad nauseam.
Cajoled, mollycoddled and the beneficiary of City's top dog status, the player continues to court sensation seeking hacks by becoming involved in very public discussions about his personal dealings within the club. No matter which way you dress it up, any player who comes out and says he deals only with the club's owner and nobody else whilst decrying the boardroom does nothing for the image of Manchester City, nor his own reputation for that matter. This weekend he has made the cardinal sin of slating the city of Manchester itself.
Regardless of the why's and the wherefore's that drive Tévez and his adviser's need to be adored in the extreme and keep moving on, whether they be financial or familial, this player is not bigger than a club that has been absolutely transformed from nosedivers to contenders in all aspects of it's operation.
That transformation has realised Champions League football and the FA Cup following the hard grafted forging of a team ethic by Roberto Mancini across 17 astonishing months.
To be in possession of the captain's armband as the club's talisman on the brink of leading the team onto the biggest European stage should be an almighty honour and something to afford respect. But you'd be hard pushed to dig up a quote whereby El Apache says he's up for it. He will miss the Community Shield showdown with united at Wembley on 7th August. City have already granted him three weeks off following the Copa America with Argentina.
There seems little point in detailing here the very latest statements attributed to Tévez. Better to list some facts that surround a player who has still not won back the full support of all City fans since that ill advised transfer request.
Manchester City hold all the aces. Tévez isn't the only under contract prolific striker out there. He isn't the only player capable of running his socks off for the cause. The Blues have more than had our money's worth. A phenomenal 53 goals across 78 League and Cup starts have taken the club to a point whereby nobody is irreplaceable. City are on the big stage now and this has become a crucial test of the club's credentials. The club's hierarchy needs to be perceived to be in control of this situation for us to move on and maintain stunning momentum.
So let's see City turn the tables having greeted every single media dalliance by Tévez and Kia Joorabachian with increased efforts to portray a happy ship.
Put him on the transfer list and let's see what he and his adviser have got. Let's see who will come in for him and deal with it. Yes or No, play on.
Then let's get on with preparing for an unprecedented 2011-2012 campaign.
City, you have got NOTHING to lose by acting now.
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Date:Sunday June 5 2011
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