Mancini bemused by Tevez claims

With Tevez likely to remain at City beyond Tuesday night’s

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

City’s Premier League encounter with Everton.

“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.”

With Mario Balotelli serving the second match of a four-game ban

and both Yaya and Kolo Toure on Africa Cup of Nations duty with the

Ivory Coast, who take on co-hosts Equatorial Guinea in the

quarter-finals next Saturday, Tuesday night’s trip to Goodison Park

could turn into a testing encounter.

City have triumphed on just one of their last 13 visits and

Mancini has previously noted how David Moyes tends to get a bit

more out of his Toffeemen when his side are the opposition.

However, Mancini finds it hard to believe the £22million

departure of Joleon Lescott in 2009 is the cause.

“Manchester City paid a lot of money for Lescott,” he said. “We

didn’t take him for free. I don’t think this would be a

reason.”