Professional Footballers’ Association chief executive Gordon Taylor has admitted that Carlos Tevez’s situation at Manchester City worries him, and that the player has gone backwards.
The Argentina international returned to his homeland last week without the permission of his club, and has refused to return to the Etihad Stadium despite prompts from City.
Taylor has previously backed Tevez during his troubled time in the Premier League, but he has admitted his current concern for the South American.
“January is coming up soon, but before then I want it to be satisfactorily resolved,” Taylor told Sky Sports News.
“He’s a footballer and, like the Fleetwood Mac song, players only love you when they’re playing and he needs to be playing. To be playing he needs to be fit and to be fit he needs to be training.
“I thought we were making some progress but it’s gone backwards. I don’t want him to leave the club.
“He’s had so many problems at other clubs, with West Ham then the problems with third party ownership, with United when he left them. I don’t want him to leave with a bad taste in the mouth with City supporters and the club.
“He’s been too good a player for that. I think it’s time now that changed and try to get his mindset changed to a better place.
“I’m worrying about him now because it’s a self-destruct pattern,” he concluded.
Negotiations between the player’s representatives and the club are ongoing, as a solution to Tevez’s future needs to be sorted out.
By Gareth McKnight