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Tuesday 26 September 2017

Defiance to quit City sees Tevez lose £9m in income

CARLOS Tevez's defiance has cost the Manchester City striker more than £9m in wages, fines and lost bonuses.

The club have not paid their one-time captain since the end of November and their chairman, Khaldoon al-Mubarak, has issued a statement saying that, unless Milan meet City's asking price, they will not contemplate a deal.

Tevez was found guilty last month of breach of contract for travelling to Argentina without consent and fined six weeks' wages -- a total of £1.18m.

He has remained in South America ever since, although for the past two months he has received no wages from Manchester City, who believe him to be in breach of no fewer than three clauses in his contract. This has cost the striker, who will turn 28 next month, a further £1.7m.

Even before he brought matters to a head by refusing to come on as a substitute in the 2-0 Champions League defeat at Bayern Munich in October, Tevez (above) had forfeited a £6m 'loyalty bonus'. The club considered that his public criticisms of Manchester and his persistent requests for a transfer would have made a mockery of rewarding their then captain for his 'loyalty'.

In a rare statement, Al-Mubarak expressed his frustration at Tevez and his agent, Kia Joorabchian, for attempting to focus solely on a move to Milan. The club were unimpressed when photographs of Tevez and Joorabchian were published showing them entertaining Milan's vice-president, Adriano Galliani in Brazil.

"Carlos remains a player with contractual obligations to Manchester City for the next two and a half years," Al-Mubarak said. "Unless we receive an offer that we deem appropriate, the terms of his contract will be enforced.

"Inter Milan and Paris St-Germain approached discussions with us in good faith and it is always a positive experience to deal with people with a professional approach. As things stand, AC Milan isn't an option for Carlos Tevez.

"If they want to be a consideration in this transfer window, they would do better to stop congratulating one another and begin to look on how they would meet our terms."

Manchester City's directors know they are unable to sell Tevez for the €44m (£37m) his former club, Corinthians, offered in the summer. The deal to take him back to Sao Paulo collapsed when the club were unable to provide written guarantees from their banks.

City have no objection to Tevez spending the rest of the season at San Siro on loan with a guarantee of a permanent transfer to Milan.

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