Mancini to meet Tevez to discuss his City future

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini will meet with Carlos

Tevez on Friday to discuss the Argentina striker’s future at the

Premier League club.

Tevez confirmed on Sunday that he has handed in a transfer

request to the Man City board because he has fallen out with club

officials.

”I will speak with him on Friday,” Mancini said Wednesday, on

the eve of City’s Europa League match at Juventus. ”I hope he

continues to play with us … and score for us.”

The Italian manager said he is confident Tevez would remain at

Eastlands, despite the striker’s claims that his relationship with

some people at the club had broken down ”beyond repair.”

”Carlos is our player and will stay with us,” Mancini

said.

Tevez, who hasn’t traveled to Italy for Thursday’s Group A

match, has 3 1/2 years remaining on a five-year contract. He has

scored 39 goals for City.

Tevez’s adviser said Wednesday that City’s failure to qualify

for this season’s Champions League was a major factor behind the

player wanting to leave.

In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, Kia Joorabchian said

the team had performed below Tevez’s expectations by finishing

fifth in last season’s Premier League.