Premier League - Mancini claims Tevez will stay

Tue, 17 May 22:52:00 2011

Roberto Mancini has claimed star man Carlos Tevez has told him he wants to stay at Manchester City.

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Tevez's future has been in doubt since he handed in a transfer request earlier in the season.

Immediately after the FA Cup final defeat of Stoke on Saturday, the South American claimed he had to decide where his future lay due to family problems.

However, in the aftermath of his side's 3-0 win over Stoke at Eastlands, in which Tevez scored twice, Mancini said he will be staying at Eastlands.

"He has a five-year contract and has told us he wants to stay," said Mancini.

"He said that before. He never had any problem."

Mancini added: "Carlos has scored 20 goals this season. Every time we say Carlos is an important player. Carlos is Carlos. He is a fantastic striker and a fantastic player for us. I think he will stay here next year. He doesn't have a problem.

"I spoke with him many times in the last 20 days. It is my opinion that Carlos stays here next season. In December he had a problem. But everyone can change his opinion. I don't know what his representatives think.

"Carlos is an important player here. The feeling for him is good. Nowhere else can he find behaviour that all people have for him. I think if he will stay next year he won't change.

"When we play in the Champions League, probably we will have a better squad. We can buy other good players. Why should he change? I don't think this will happen."

Stoke boss Tony Pulis was equally full of admiration for Tevez, in particular his second goal, a brilliant, curling free-kick that left keeper Thomas Sorensen with no chance.

"The free-kick was extraordinary," Pulis said. "It was a great goal. He has been out of the team and has a point to prove.

"When their best players have a point to prove they are dangerous. He is a top player."

Pulis added: "They remind me of Chelsea four or five years ago when Mourinho was in charge. They are a big, strong powerful group of players with good pace, ability and talent as well.

"They will be a force next season. They will be a danger to the other teams in the championship."

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