Tevez 'returns to Manchester City and drops pay claim'
Argentine will report for training on Tuesday and could soon be back in a City shirt
CARLOS TEVEZ will return to Manchester City this week and is set to end his dispute with the club over fines and unpaid wages since he went absent without leave in November. The thawing of relations could see him back in a City shirt within days.
The Argentine striker was told that he would never play for City again after he apparently refused to come on as a substitute in a Champions League match against Bayern Munich in September. He flew back to Argentina in November and has been there ever since. He was set to appeal against a fine of six weeks' wages imposed on him by the club in December, and has not been paid since he left the country.
But with the title race going down to the wire and Tevez out of pocket by nearly £10m, it seems both sides are willing to put their differences to one side, at least until the end of the season.
The BBC reports that the striker will report to the club's training ground on Tuesday, at which point "he is likely to undergo a series of fitness tests".
"Tevez’s dispute with City has cost the player a total of £9.3m in lost earnings since the start of the season," reports The Daily Telegraph. "Attempts to sell the player in January fell through, with AC Milan, Inter Milan and Paris St Germain all failing to conclude a deal."
Since the transfer window slammed shut, Mancini has adopted a more conciliatory tone and Tevez was offered an olive branch when he was included in City's Premier League squad for the rest of the season.
Speaking after City beat Aston Villa 1-0 on Sunday to reclaim top spot in the league Mancini admitted: "Tevez is a top player and if he was here we would probably do better because he can change games... maybe he can come back next week and he can help us in the last three months.
"It depends on his condition, whether it's good or not. He hasn't played for four months but Carlos recovers strength quickly."