Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has stated that he believes that Carlos Tevez will still be at the club next season, whilst his strike partner Sergio Aguero has said that he has no plans to leave the Etihad Stadium either.
Tevez has recently been recalled to the City first team after indiscipline and going AWOL for a prolonged period of time, and despite rumours linking the Argentine hitman with a move abroad this summer, Mancini expects him to stay.
“It is difficult for him to play after six months. For this reason he played only the last two or three games,” the Italian told reporters, published by Sky Sports.
“I think he can find his best form next season, after pre-season.
“I think he has a contract with Manchester City, but I don’t think in this moment it is important to talk about the future for everyone,” he concluded.
Meanwhile, Aguero has had a barnstorming first season in the Premier League and has been linked with a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid, however the South American attacker is happy in England.
“I thought when I came here I was going to need some time to adapt, but I started to score from the beginning,” Aguero admitted.
“I have to be honest, I never thought that I was going to score so many goals in my first season here.
“Diego Maradona has said that the ideal club for me is Real Madrid and I’m not going to tell him ‘Hey, don’t say that’. He says what he wants and he has always been like that.
“But I have never said that I want to play for Real Madrid, and I don’t want to play for them today. I’m happy at Manchester City,” he confirmed.
The pair are expected to start in attack for City in the crunch Manchester derby against Manchester United on Monday night.
By Gareth McKnight