Carlos Tevez finally apologises for Man City mutiny
Argentina striker offers an olive branch, but will it be enough to get him playing again?
MUTINOUS Mancheter City striker Carlos Tevez has finally apologised for his conduct, 21 weeks after going on strike following a touchline bust up with his manager, Roberto Mancini.
The saga began after the striker refused to warm-up when asked by Mancini to come on as a substitute during a Champions League game at Bayern Munich on 27 September.
Five months later, three of which he spent awol in Argentina, the row has cost Tevez £10m in lost wages, bonuses and fines.
In a contrite statement, released by the club, Tevez said: "I wish to apologise sincerely and unreservedly to everybody I have let down and to whom my actions over the last few months have caused offence. My wish is to concentrate on playing football for Manchester City Football Club."
The club added: "Carlos has also withdrawn his appeal against the club's finding of gross misconduct which was due to be heard by a Premier League panel in the coming days."
Just a week ago it seemed that all hope of reconciliation between the striker and his manager had faded when Tevez accused Mancini of having treated him "like a dog" over the affair. As Ian Chadband writes in The Daily Telegraph, those hardly sounded like the words of a remorseful player ready to give his heart to City in the title run-in.
Former Manchester City winger Dennis Tueart told the BBC he feels that Tevez's sudden U-turn was born of necessity rather than remorse, saying: "Once the transfer window closed and he realised that the grass wasn't greener elsewhere and no-one else was prepared to pay the money, where else could he go?"
The Guardian reports that the next question is whether Mancini will actually consider selecting him. He has been named in City's 25-man squad for the rest of the Premier League campaign but there are no guarantees that he will play a part.
As Tueart points out, City already have three strikers in Sergio Aguero, Mario Balotelli and Edin Dzeko who have prospered in the Argentine's absence. That makes Tevez "fourth choice" he says, and "if Sergio Aguero keeps producing the goods he has all season, Tevez won't get a game".