Carlos Tevez has withdrawn his transfer request and is happy to stay at Manchester City, according to the club. The skipper had an emergency meeting with chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak ahead of yesterday’s defeat to Everton.
City released a statement which said: ‘Manchester City can confirm to their fans that “clear-the-air” talks have been held with Carlos Tevez.
“During the meeting Carlos expressed his absolute commitment to the club and formally withdrew his transfer request.
“Carlos’ contract remains unchanged and both Carlos and the football club are keen to focus on the opportunities that lie ahead.”
Which begs the question: why did he hand in the transfer request in the first place?
One theory is that it was a stunt intended to land him with with an improved contract, just like Wayne Rooney, but City have played hardball by refusing to renegotiate until he his halfway though his current deal next Christmas.
Another suggestion is that Khaldoon told Tevez that he would not be leaving under any circumstances and would simply be put on gardening leave if he refused to play.
Perhaps he was merely reassured that Roberto Mancini will not be hanging around if they don’t qualify for the Champions League this season.