RM: Tevez will stay ‘serious’

City’s wantaway talisman has been linked persistently with a move

to Inter Milan recently – but Mancini insists there has been no

approach and the Argentinian will return to normal training next

week. Tevez is not available for Sunday’s season-opening Community

Shield clash against Manchester United having been granted a 21-day

break following the end of his involvement in the Copa America.

Tevez, 27, has made clear his desire to leave City but his hopes of

rejoining his former Brazilian club Corinthians collapsed last

month. While other players such as Craig Bellamy and Emmanuel

Adebayor are unlikely to figure in Mancini’s plans, the Italian

expects Tevez to continue playing a full role if a move does not

materialise. Mancini said: “He doesn’t have another team. “Carlos

is a professional player. If he doesn’t have another team in the

next 10 days or two weeks I think he will play for us and play

serious like last year, like always.” When asked whether Tevez was

likely to move before the transfer deadline at the end of the

month, Mancini told a press conference: “I don’t know. A lot can

happen in one month but if he stays I am happy.” The rumours

linking the FA Cup winners with Maicon highlight a lack of cover

for first-choice right-back Micah Richards. Because of that another

Argentinian, defender Pablo Zabaletta, has returned to training and

will be available to play at Wembley on Sunday. Mancini said:

“Carlos comes back on Monday because he has 21 days after the Copa

America. “Zaba is here because if we had a problem with Micah we

have only one fit right-back.” City’s £38million record summer

signing Sergio Aguero, who was also involved in the Copa America

with Argentina, will be on the bench this weekend. The former

Atletico Madrid forward has had blistered feet but is now training

as normal after a 20-minute session on Thursday. Mancini said:

“Sergio is okay. He is not 100% ready but he is fit to come on the

bench.” Mancini could therefore pair £24million Mario

Balotelli with £27million Edin Dzeko up front against United.

The controversial Balotelli has made headlines over the summer

after clashing with Mancini during City’s pre-season tour of north

America. Balotelli was also quoted this week saying he did not like

the city of the Manchester. Mancini said: “I think he wanted to say

he is missing his family and friends. “I have spoken with him many

times. He loves the supporters and team-mates and likes to play in

the Barclays Premier League. “He is young, 21 years old and

probably missing his family. “This situation can happen if you want

to play in another country, it is normal. “The problem for Mario is

that he is alone. He doesn’t have his family here every day. I can

understand this, I don’t think it is terrible. “But we play for

Manchester City, a top team in the Premier League. “This for me is

the best championship in Europe and it is a fantastic experience

for players from other countries.” The derby element, and City’s

continuing attempts to overhaul their illustrious neighbours

United, has added considerable spice to Sunday’s encounter against

the Premier League champions. Mancini is fired up for the game but

does not think too much should be read into the result. He said:

“It is the first official match of the season. “It is important

because it is a derby and we want to win, like United. “But I don’t

think the teams at the moment are 100% ready to play.” To get his

squad fully ready for the season ahead, which will see City play in

the Champions League for the first time, Mancini hopes to dip into

the transfer market again. City have also signed defenders Gael

Clichy and Stefan Savic in addition to Aguero this summer. Mancini

said: “We are missing other players, we don’t have enough players

for all the season. This is a problem at the moment. “I think we

need another two or three players.”