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Drive on: Carlos Tevez staying at Man City, insists Roberto Mancini

But what about you, Bobby?
Apr 7th 2013, 10:30 AM 822 0

MANCHESTER CITY MANAGER Roberto Mancini insists striker Carlos Tevez’s future remains at the club after his punishment for driving offences.

The Italian said the punishment – 250 hours of community service – will have no effect on his long-term future at Etihad Stadium. Mancini said it was a rare personal incident which does not reflect negatively on the club.

“No,” Mancini told reporters when asked if it will affect Tevez’s future. “I didn’t speak with him about that but I don’t think that will be a problem. Carlos made a mistake and he has paid for this. Usually, he has good behaviour.”

Mancini is also certain the striker’s actions will not create a poor image for the club, despite Samir Nasri also being banned from driving this week for six months after failing to pay his speeding fines.

“No, this is their private life,” Mancini replied when asked about a damaged reputation for the club. We can do nothing about this. This can happen sometimes.”

The club were given a lift on Thursday after it was confirmed Yaya Toure had signed a new four-year contract. The influential midfielder was set for showdown talks with club officials over a new contract before confirmation of his new deal.

“We’re very happy he’s prepared to play for us and sign another contract,” Mancini said. “For me, it’s very important for the club, for the players, for him.

“I am happy because Yaya is one of the best players in the world and we’re happy he plays for us.”

City face cross-town rivals United tomorrow night with the title all but decided already.

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