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Aug 12, 2011

Mancini happy to keep unwanted Tevez

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini believes Carlos Tevez will remain at Eastlands, as no clubs are likely to sign the wantaway striker before the end of the transfer window.

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Tevez's protracted departure has been one of the summer's longest-running transfer sagas, with the Argentina striker handing in a transfer request at the beginning of July before a proposed move to former club Corinthians broke down.

Inter Milan have also been strongly linked to Tevez, a position that is sure to intensify if Samuel Eto'o seals his reported €35 million switch to big spending Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala.

But despite the Nerazurri's apparent interest and the £38 million arrival of Sergio Aguero, Mancini says City have had no new concrete offers for Tevez. And the Italian claimed he would be "happy" if Tevez were to stay at the club.

"It is two weeks until the end of the market,'' Mancini said. "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.''

Tevez returned to training with his City team-mates on Monday but appears certain to miss their Premier League opener against Swansea.

His international team-mate Aguero also also unlikely to start, with Mancini claiming he "is not ready to play 90 minutes".

Meanwhile, Mancini confirmed he likes the look of Fiorentina winger Alessio Cerci, although it is by no means certain he will make an official approach for the 24-year-old.

"He is a good, young player, who could be an option,'' he said. "But there are other players. We need some for the Champions League and others to complete our squad for the Premier League.''

Mancini also claimed he regarded Shaun Wright-Phillips, who has been linked with a move to Bolton, as a different case to the rest of his disgruntled squad men, who know they have little chance of getting any meaningful action this season. Craig Bellamy and Emmanuel Adebayor both fall into that category.

Mancini said of Wright-Phillips: "Shaun is a different situation. I have some good players, who deserve to play but it is not possible for them here. I hope they find a solution. But Shaun is a very good guy who did well for us in pre-season.''

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