Tevez to stay as swap fails

The future of City’s talismanic skipper has been a subject of

contention for some time, with a transfer request having been

handed in by the Argentine last season. It was eventually

retracted, but speculation suggesting Tevez will soon be on his way

out of Eastlands has continued to rage. A switch to Italy has been

widely touted, with Inter Milan admitting to holding an interest in

the fiery South American. City have done all they can to persuade

Tevez to stay, but could be tempted into a deal if the conditions

are right. An exchange for Inter frontman Eto’o would have been

acceptable to the Blues, as they would not have been left short in

the goalscoring department. Inter, though, are reluctant to part

with the Cameroonian hitman, even if Tevez could be drafted in as a

replacement. With the situation at gridlock, Mancini admits he is

now expecting Tevez to stick around at City for the forthcoming

campaign. “Tevez will stay,” said the Italian tactician. “He is a

fantastic player. “There was talk of an exchange with Eto’o, but

Inter did not want to sell.”