Premier League - Carlos Tevez: Manchester City timeline
Wed, 22 Feb 11:02:00 2012
Following Carlos Tevez apologising to Manchester City for his behaviour over the past few months, we chart the striker's time at the club.
July 14 – Manchester City complete the signing of Tevez for a reported fee of £25.5 million. Tevez, who had been at Manchester United on loan from Media Sports Investments for the previous two seasons, is welcomed by a banner in the city centre which says: "Welcome to Manchester".
August 13 – Following Argentina's World Cup quarter-final exit at the hands of Germany, Tevez admits he is considering retiring from football at the age of 26. He says: "I have less and less will to carry on in Europe. I'll be here two or three more years and then I'll go back (home). I've got to see if I carry on playing ... it's difficult to quit now but if football doesn't make me happy and doesn't fulfil me as it used to, it's hard to carry on playing."
August 18 – City manager Roberto Mancini hands Tevez the club captaincy. He says: "It will encourage him to express himself more and I think it can improve the team. He leads by example on the pitch but also in the training ground every day."
December 12 – City turn down a written transfer request from Tevez. A club statement reads: "Roberto Mancini and all at the club have shown, and will continue to show, sensitivity to Carlos's personal circumstances including the issue of his family being based overseas. Indeed, following his suspension as a result of the game against Bolton, Carlos requested, and was given, special dispensation by the manager to take leave overseas. The written transfer request is in stark contrast to Carlos's stated position in both public and club contexts."
December 20 – The next week, following "clear the air" talks, Tevez withdraws his transfer request and captains City in their 2-1 home defeat to Everton. Mancini said: "Carlos is a world-class player whose contribution since he joined the club has been invaluable. I am pleased that we are now able to focus on pure football matters and to be able to look forward to Carlos continuing to play a significant role in the club's progress."
January 15 - Tevez upstages debutant Edin Dzeko with two goals – including a wonderful, slaloming solo effort reminiscent of Diego Maradona - as Manchester City go top of the Premier League table with a 4-3 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers.
February 9 - Tevez misses Argentina's friendly against Portugal over a question of attitude. AFA president Julio Grondona says: "I think Tevez's absence is because of an attitude he had when he didn't come to play (against Brazil in November) and then did so for his club. The coaching staff didn't like that attitude."
May 10 – City beat Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 at home, thereby confirming their place in the following season's Champions League. Tevez, recovering from injury, is an 83rd-minute substitute.
May 14 – Tevez wears the armband as City beat Stoke City 1-0 in the FA Cup final, lifting the club's first major trophy in 35 years.
May 23 – After reports claim that Tevez was flying back to Argentina, City's captain joins his team-mates in parading the FA Cup back in Manchester.
June 10 – Tevez's fractious relationship with the club – and indeed the city of Manchester – hits a new low after he gives an interview to a talk show in Argentina. He says: “There’s nothing to do in Manchester. There’s two restaurants and everything’s small. It rains all the time, you can’t go anywhere. There comes a moment where you say ‘where am I going to go with my family?’ and you begin to feel bad. Of course, one trains, plays, does things, and when the family or friends come one feels bad and you can’t take them to the movies because they don’t understand anything. You can buy a house in Marbella and take a vacation. I will not return to Manchester, not for vacation, not anything."
July 4 – Tevez again announces that he wants to leave the club, citing family reasons as the cause. He says: "It is with great regret that I have to inform Manchester City of my wish to leave the club. I would like to state that I have great respect for the club, its supporters and the owner, Sheikh Mansour, who has been nothing other than respectful to me. I hope that the people understand the difficult circumstances I have been living under the past 12 months, in regards to my family. Living without my children in Manchester has been incredibly challenging for me. Everything I do, I do for my daughters, Katie and Florencia. I need to be closer to them and to spend more time with them. I need (my children) to be happy because my life is about them now. I need to be in a place where they can adapt."
July 12 – Brazilian club Corinthians, one of Tevez's former clubs, are reported to have a £35m bid for Tevez rejected by City. Tevez's advisor, Kia Joorabchian, says: "Negotiations have already begun. Corinthians are in contact with us. His dream and mine is to see him back with Corinthians. He said he has a job that does not end there, he wants to return because he has the dream of winning the Copa Libertadores."
July 20 – Corinthians pull out of their bid to sign Tevez as they cannot do a deal in time. A club statement reads: "The board of Sport Club Corinthians Paulista officially communicate the impossibility of signing the Argentine striker Carlos Tevez. While acknowledging the efforts of Manchester City and all involved in the negotiations, there isn't more available time for the transfer to be achieved, given that the transfer window to players from abroad closes on Wednesday, July 20."
August 28 – Tevez comes on as a second-half substitute in the 3-2 win at Bolton Wanderers. He receives a warm reception from the travelling fans.
September 1 – The summer transfer deadline passes with Tevez still a City player. Joorabchian claims that the club's signing of Samir Nasri scuppered a move to Inter for his client. He says: "I know that Inter were offering Sneijder in exchange for Carlos about a week or two weeks ago, but after they signed Nasri it was over. [City] had too many players in that same position. If Nasri hadn’t have gone, then that deal would probably have protracted."
September 4 - Tevez reveals he had treatment for depression and binge eating. He says: "I'm not the s**t that they say I am. I had a personal crisis this summer. I put on five or six kilos and had to check into a clinic. I was depressed and so I ate and ate."
September 27 – Named as a substitute for the Champions League group match at Bayern Munich, Tevez refuses to warm up when told to by Mancini. City lose the match 2-0. After the match, Mancini says: "I am really disappointed because it is Carlos. This can't happen in a top club - to refuse to go in to help his team-mates. What I said to Carlos is between me, him and the team. But if we want to improve as a team Carlos can't play with us. With me, he is finished."
September 28 – Tevez releases a statement claiming he did not refuse to play and that he is ready to fulfil his obligations to the club. It reads: "I would like to apologise to all Manchester City fans, with whom I have always had a strong relationship, for any misunderstanding that occurred in Munich. In Munich on Tuesday I had warmed up and was ready to play. This is not the right time to get into specific details as to why this did not happen. But I wish to state that I never refused to play. There was some confusion on the bench and I believe my position may have been misunderstood. Going forward I am ready to play when required and to fulfil my obligations."
On the same day, the club suspends Tevez for two weeks, "pending a full review into his alleged conduct".
September 29 - Limavady United, who play in Northern Ireland's second tier, make a cheeky loan bid for Tevez. Club vice-chairman David Brewster says: "We would be perfectly willing to take Mr Tevez on loan for the remainder of the season or until transfer, thereby permitting him to play football but without the risk of being cup-tied for the Champions League."
October 25 - Tevez is fined four weeks' wages by City after being found guilty of misconduct. A City statement reads: "Following a detailed investigation and associated hearing, a disciplinary panel has upheld the charge of misconduct. Five separate breaches of contract formed the basis of the decision by the panel." The fine is later halved following intervention from the PFA.
December 10 – City reject AC Milan's bid to take Tevez on loan with a view to buying him in the summer; Milan vice president Adriano Galliani says: "Manchester City want us to buy Tevez definitively and we have suggested that we sign the player on loan, with an option to purchase. We're not changing our position." Inter also withdraw their efforts to sign Tevez.
January 24 – Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo confirms that talks with Tevez over a potential move to France have ended. He says: "We're not going to make an overblown bid. So we stop, and it's finished."
On the same day, Tevez is found guilty of gross misconduct by City and fined six weeks' wages after flying home to Argentina without permission back in November.
January 31 – Tevez appeals to the Premier League against the latest fine imposed on him by the club.
February 12 – Mancini admits he would welcome back Tevez to help City in their title bid. He says: "Everyone knows Carlos is a top player. If he was here and playing it would be better, because Carlos can change games. If he were to come back next week maybe he can still help us in the next three months."
February 21 – A week after arriving back in Manchester, Tevez makes a full and public apology. "I wish to apologise sincerely and unreservedly to everybody I have let down and to whom my actions over the last few months have caused offence," he says in a club statement.