London - Carlos Tevez headed back to
England accusing Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini of treating him
"like a dog" in the incident that led to his exile from the Premier
The Argentina striker said on Monday that an angry
Mancini swore at him during the Champions League defeat at Bayern
Munich in September, where the forward's refusal to warm-up incensed his
Tevez hasn't played for City since that September
27 match in Germany but is due to return to Eastlands on Tuesday in a
bid to revive a career that has effectively been suspended for more than
Mancini has indicated his willingness to make peace with Tevez if the player apologises to him.
Tevez was more interested in giving his version of events about the
flare-up in Munich than saying sorry to his manager during a Fox Sports
interview broadcast in translation on Britain's Sky Sports News on
"I was kind of in a bad mood and when he brings on
(Nigel) de Jong and takes off (Edin) Dzeko and we're losing 2-0 I
thought it was a defensive substitution so I decided to sit back on the
bench," Tevez said.
"I had already warmed up for 10 minutes and he has this attitude that he wants to lose 2-0 instead of 4-0.
I sat down and at the same time Dzeko comes off and is really angry and
has a go at Mancini. He then sees the tunnel is closed so he has to sit
down next to him and they start to have an argument.
"Dzeko was speaking Bosnian and Mancini would swear at him in Italian so it was a real mess.
I go and sit down and he doesn't see me because he's having this
discussion. But then he turns around and sees me and you can imagine
"He's in the middle of an argument so then he tells me to keep on warming up and treats me like a dog.
when he spoke to me in that tone of voice, and I said 'No, I'm not
going out'. So I was willing to play, but the coach was in such a foul
mood because he had that argument with Dzeko.
"He started on me as
well, started swearing at me, that was him, because I was very
calm...Mancini said some horrible things to me."
Prior to last
month's transfer window there was speculation Tevez, who returned to
Argentina after his bust-up with Mancini, would be sold by City.
despite interest from Inter Milan, AC Milan and Paris St Germain, no
deal was done and he remained on the books at Eastlands.
proved a hit with City's fans soon after joining the club from local
rivals Manchester United in 2009 but they turned on their one-time
favourite after his spat with Mancini.
But Tevez said their reaction was understandable as the supporters did not know the full story.
"I believe they were misinformed, they weren't told the facts.
"So that when they were told I didn't want to play they naturally turned against me.
I saw them burning my shirt with my name on it or hurling insults at me
it really hurt. I gave everything to that club and what I love above
all is to play football."
Meanwhile Tevez's representative, Kia
Joorabchian, when asked on Sky if the player will apologise to Mancini,
said: "This is between Mancini and Carlos."
after City's 1-0 win away to Aston Villa on Sunday, said of Tevez:
"Would I like him to apologise? This is normal I think. And after,
Carlos can train and Carlos can play if his condition is good."