The Manchester City manager does not know if the Argentine will still be at the club by the time the transfer window shuts on Tuesday.
Roberto Mancini playing the waiting game on Carlos Tevez
As the transfer window heads into its usually frenetic final stages, Tevez remains in Argentina, about to discover whether he will be forced into a rather humbling return to Manchester.
With prospective suitors Inter Milan and Paris St Germain out of the running, Tevez looks like he will be staying at City.
Yet, as Mancini knows only too well, the last hours before deadlines can trigger amazing deals,
“I don’t know if he will be a City player after tomorrow,” Mancini said.
The chances of Tevez not being around appear to hinge on his only remaining viable suitors, AC Milan, and it is hard to see why City would be willing to enter further negotiations with the Italian club
Khaldoon Al Mubarak, City’s chairman, told The National last week that Milan were not an option if they could not meet City’s valuation of the player.
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Yesterday, AC Milan's chief executive Adriano Galliani appeared to retain little hope of a deal, saying: “Maybe no-one will join but there could also be a surprise.
“We’re not expecting [Tevez]to join, instead we have Maxi Lopez [signed from Catania]. We’ll see what happens in the summer, the transfer window is almost shut.
“Of course, I considered the summer market closed and then we bought [Antonio] Nocerino at the last minute...”
If Tevez remains at City, it would pitch the 27 year old back into a relationship with his manager that has never been good according to the player’s adviser Kia Joorabchian. Yet those words, delivered on Friday, are at odds with the history of Tevez’s relationship with Mancini, who continues to insist there are no issues.
“Everyone should answer for his behaviour, always,” said the City manager. “These are the rules.
“If a player wants to join another club, it is an option for him. Maybe for the club it is a big problem.
“But Carlos doesn’t have any problem with me.”
Mancini was clear that in his opinion the whole issue is an unwanted sideshow ahead of an important Premier League encounter with Everton at Goodison Park.
“Tonight we go to sleep, tomorrow we wake up and we have a game,” he said. “That is the most important thing for us between now and tomorrow night.”
Mancini has Vincent Kompany, his captain, available again after suspension as the leaders are attempting to improve a poor record at Goodison Park, where they have won on once in their last 13 visits.