Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini feels that Carlos Tevez has been badly advised throughout the recent off-field furore surrounding him.
The controversial striker is currently AWOL back in Argentina after refusing to return to training following an internal club suspension.
The whole issue arose after Tevez refused to warm up against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League back in September.
Mancini admits that he still has time for the South American, but feels he is misguided.
"He's a good lad, in spite of his recent behaviour," he told French daily L'Equipe.
"But maybe he does not have the people around him to give him the right advice.
"Tevez behaved stupidly in the way a player shouldn't, especially a great player."
Mancini admits he still finds it hard to comprehend what happened on that now infamous night in the Allianz Arena.
"That's the first time I've seen that in such an important match when there was 40 minutes left to play," Mancini said.
"It's happened before that players have refused to come on, but only when there was only a few minutes left to play.
"You can always get things wrong, but you only realise it afterward. (But) In Tevez's case, I did nothing for him to behave in this way."
Mancini insists that Tevez turned down the chance to make peace with him and the club.
"Ten days after what happened in Munich, I invited him to come to my place to talk. I told him that, if he apologised to me, to the club, to the team, he could come back into the squad," he continued.
"I would have forgiven him. But he replied that he didn't have to apologise to anyone."
Meanwhile, Tevez looks set to soon finalise his move away from the club with a deal appearing likely to be a struck to take him to Serie A.
AC Milan have been given official permission to open talks with Tevez's representatives, and Kia Joorabchian is currently in Italy.
Inter Milan and Juventus are also being linked and Joorabchian confirmed a number of clubs are still interested.
"The boy is training with intensity, he wants to return in January and play with a big club," he told MilanNews.
"Milan is a great club, but also other Italian companies have requested information."
His former club Corinthians maintain an interest in signing him, but he admits a move within Europe remains the priority.
He added: "The return to Brazil? It's a wild guess at the moment but he wants Europe. He wants to return to the big star."