Manchester: Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini says he would be “the first to forgive” striker Carlos Tevez if the Argentine apologizes for refusing to warm up during the Champions League clash against Bayern Munich.
Tevez was suspended for two weeks as the club's inquiry determined that he was guilty of several breaches of contract, incurring a fine worth four weeks of pay, though this has since been halved.
Mancini claimed he would never play the striker again following the dispute, but Tevez has threatened legal action against the Italian coach for accusing him of refusing to play in Munich.
And the manager has given the striker a lifeline by saying that things will be back to normal if he says sorry for the incident.
"Everything depends on Carlos. If he apologizes to the squad and to me then everything will be as before. If he doesn`t then Tevez has a value that everyone knows and something will happen in January," Mancini told Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera:
"He is totally unprepared and being badly advised. I don`t want it to be like this and I would be the first to forgive him."
Reacting to speculation that Tevez might be heading to Serie A outfit Napoli in a straight swap for Ezequiel Lavezzi, he to the newspaper, "No one from City will be given away."