Mancini expects Tevez stay

Man City manager also gives update on Nasri chase

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Roberto Mancini thinks Carlos Tevez will remain at Manchester City, while he is hoping to complete the assembly of his squad as quickly as possible and believes the club are working on a deal to bring in Samir Nasri.

Tevez announced earlier in the summer that he was unhappy being away from his children in South America and wanted to leave the Etihad Stadium.

However, a move to Corinthians of Brazil fell through and the striker returned to training in Manchester on Monday.

With City demanding big money from a European rival, Mancini insists there are currently no interested parties and he doubts whether there is enough time for anyone to come in and finalise a transfer.

"I don't know if he will stay but at the moment, there isn't a team who want to take him."

Roberto Mancini on Carlos Tevez

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"It is two weeks until the end of the market," said the Italian. "I think it is difficult for him to leave.

"I don't know if he will stay but at the moment, there isn't a team who want to take him.

"I would be happy if he stays."


Mancini admitted that Tevez was unlikely to feature against Swansea in City's opening game of the season on Monday, but he will call on the striker as soon as he has recovered sharpness.

"Carlos is here and is maybe not ready to play because he has worked only for four days," he explained.

"He has worked very well and is here. I think for Monday it is difficult, but for the next game he will be available."

Asked about whether Tevez would keep the captaincy, Mancini added: "At the moment this is not important.

"It is important that Carlos is here and working with the team. Afterwards we will decide this."

Not easy

Mancini gave little away over City's pursuit of Nasri, with reports having suggested he could be close to securing a switch from Arsenal.

The City manager admits he need to recruit more players before the transfer window closes and he is anxious to get those deals done over the next few days if possible.

"I don't know the situation at the moment but the Premier League season starts for us on Monday and we have not completed our team," he said.

"I hope we can do this very quickly because we need other players."

Questioned on whether talks with Arsenal were ongoing, Mancini added: "I think the club is still working on this. Probably it is not easy, but I don't know.

"It is important we complete our team in the next days or the next week, because the first games in the Premier League are really important and we play three games before they close the market."