Tevez says sorry, and can he play some football please

Carlos Tevez’s extended sulk may be about to end. With no prospect of any action on the horizon for the glum Argentinian, Tevez, or his advisors, have decided to attempt a reconciliation with Manchester City.

Tevez has issued a statement which verges on the contrite: "I wish to apologise sincerely and unreservedly to everybody I have let down and to whom my actions over the last few months have caused offence," the statement read. "My wish is to concentrate on playing football for Manchester City."

It amounts to a belated acceptance of reality for Tevez. He was hoping to secure a transfer in January, but no club was willing to accept City’s terms or the player’s salary expectations. If he wants to relaunch his career, Tevez needs to be in the shop-window, and that involves getting back into the City first team.

It is possible Tevez could still play a part in City’s title campaign, although there are plenty of bridges to be built between the player and the famously stubborn City manager Roberto Mancini.

Past dialogues have not been encouraging. Mancini declared that Tevez was finished at the club after the player apparently refused to go on as substitute in the Champions League match against Bayern Munich. Tevez has subsequently said that Mancini "treated me like a dog".

Tevez now appears to be rolling over and wagging his tail. If Mancini allows him in from the doghouse it would certainly add to City’s attacking options for the Premier League title run-in.

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