Carlos Tévez insists he was ‘ready to play’ in Munich
"I have always given my best for the club," says Man City forward in wake of controversy in Munich
Carlos Tévez has denied he refused to play for Manchester City against Bayern Munich on Tuesday, insisting there was a “misunderstanding” between himself and manager Roberto Mancini.
Speaking after the game, Mancini declared Tévez’s career at the club was “over” after the striker appeared to refuse to come on as a second-half substitute in Munich, but the Argentina international has refuted the City manager’s accusations.
“I would like to apologise to the Manchester City supporters, with whom I have always had a strong relationship, for any misunderstanding that occurred in Munich,” said Tévez in a statement on Wednesday.
“They understand that when I’m on the pitch I have always given my best for the club,” said Tévez. “In Munich on Tuesday I had warmed up and I was ready to play.
“This is not the right time to go into specific details as to why this did not happen but I wish to state I never refused to play. There was some confusion on the bench and I believe my position was misunderstood.”
He added: “Going forward, I am ready to play when required and to fulfil my obligations.”
City slumped to a 2-0 defeat by Bayern, leaving the Eastlands’ outfit third in Group A, and Mancini livid with his former captain.
“He refused to go in,” said Mancini after the game. “For me it’s a bad situation because it’s impossible if a player refuses to go in and will not help the team. It’s impossible. I can’t accept that one player refused to go in.
“If I have my way he will be out. He’s finished with me. If we want to improve as a team Carlos can’t play with us. Can you imagine a Bayern Munich, Milan or Manchester United player doing this? No.”