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Mancini: Tevez will stay at Man City

Roberto Mancini (left) is convinced skipper Carlos Tevez (right) does not really want to leave Manchester City.
Roberto Mancini (left) is convinced skipper Carlos Tevez (right) does not really want to leave Manchester City.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini thinks Carlos Tevez will stay with the club
  • Captain asked for a transfer from the English Premier League side at the weekend
  • Mancini will meet with the Argentine on Friday and is convinced he will change his mind
  • Tevez has been rested for City's final Europa League Group A tie at Juventus

(CNN) -- Carlos Tevez will stay at Manchester City, according to manager Roberto Mancini, despite the English Premier League club's captain having asked to leave.

The Argentina forward, who is just 18 months into his five-year contract, announced on Sunday that his relationship with City executives was "beyond repair."

However, his request for a January transfer was rejected by the club, who signed him from local rivals Manchester United in 2009.

Mancini left the 26-year-old out of his squad for Thursday's Europa League trip to Juventus, but said the player will continue the good work that has lifted City into third place in the English table near the halfway point in the season.

"I don't think he really wants to leave," the Italian told City's official website.

It is my belief that Carlos will stay with us. He has a contract, and he is our player
--City manager Roberto Mancini
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"It's my belief that Carlos will stay with us, I think that he will continue to play for us. He has a contract, and he is our player.

"I think that we can always change our minds. He's an important player here and it's an important season for us. We can change the history of this club."

Tevez, who was given the captain's armband by Mancini at the start of this season, returned to training on Tuesday for the first time since the controversy over his future broke.

The former Boca Juniors and West Ham star will now meet with Mancini on Friday ahead of the home Premier League clash with Everton.

"If Carlos is unhappy, and he's scored 10 goals and played very well, then I hope that he's unhappy like that all season! But I don't think he is really unhappy. He can change his mind," Mancini said.

"We will talk. It's important that we speak, because we have a game with Everton on Monday and other very important games this month."

Mancini's team have already secured a place in the knockout stages of Europe's second-tier competition.

Tevez, Mario Balotelli, Kolo Toure, David Silva and goalkeeper Joe Hart have all been rested for the trip to Turin, while striker Emmanuel Adebayor is injured for the final round of matches in Group A.

Third-placed Juventus cannot qualify, but if the Italian team win then Poland's Lech Poznan can claim top spot from City with victory at Austria's Salzburg.