Updated: Monday, 3rd August 2020 @ 11:52pm

Carlos Tevez blues forgotten as striker returns to Manchester City following self-imposed exile

Carlos Tevez blues forgotten as striker returns to Manchester City following self-imposed exile

By Dean Wilkins

Manchester City’s AWOL-striker Carlos Tevez is returning to the club tomorrow after leaving for Argentina in November.

The 28-year-old is boarding a flight today and is expected to arrive in Manchester on Tuesday morning, with the intention of training at City’s Carrington ground the same day. The Argentinian will undergo a series of fitness tests after five months out of Premier League football.

The former Manchester United and West Ham player was expected to leave in the recent transfer window, with AC Milan, Inter and Paris Saint-Germain all strongly linked with moves. However, after failing to agree personal terms with a club Tevez remains a City player and as Mario Balotelli’s suspension has left the side struggling for goals, and with Edin Dzeko’s form unpredictable, Roberto Mancini will be hoping to increase the firepower of his team.

During a post-match interview this weekend Roberto Mancini said: "I spoke with Carlos one week after Munich. He knows everything. We are here. We've not changed these past few months and Carlos knows that. He is a City player.

"Everyone knows that Tevez is a top player and it probably would have been better for us if he'd been here.

"Carlos can change a lot of games. If he comes back next week, maybe he can help us in the last three months."

Tevez was fined £1.2m for gross misconduct after flying to Argentina without permission, and has missed out of his £200,000 a week wage since disappearing.

Roberto Mancini said his striker’s career at The Etihad Stadium was ‘finished’ after he refused to warm up against Bayern Munich, but the pair have seemingly cleared the air in recent times. Mancini said: “I don’t have a problem and the club doesn’t.”