Media round-up: Friday, 30th September
By Ric Turner, Fri 30 September 2011 07:31
A number of papers, including The Mail, The Mirror and The Independent, lead with the story that City players claim they did not hear Carlos Tevez refuse to play in Munich on Tuesday night. Apparently they will use the "deafening noise" inside the Allianz Arena as the reason, even though it was patently obvious to the entire stadium, broadcasters and the rest of the watching world that he refused to take the field. Tellingly, the stories carry no actual quotes from any player.
Meanwhile, The Mirror claim that Inter Milan and Juventus want to sign Tevez in January and believe they can get him for around £20m. City, presumably, will snap their hands off. Paris Saint-Germain are also rumoured to be keeping a watching.
The Sun, meanwhile, claim that West Ham have made a bid to sign the Argentine on loan, which is marginally less plausible than the previous day's reports that Limavady United, who play in Northern Ireland's second tier, were also interested.
Paul Scholes has expressed his sympathy for Tevez, who is clearly the victim in this story. "I know Carlos quite well. He's a player who wants to be playing" sobbed the temperamental redhead, which was somewhat contradicted by Tevez's refusal to come on to the pitch. Hardly the actions of man who wants to play.
The Guardian report that City are lining up Robin van Persie as Tevez's replacement at Eastlands, in what is seemingly a like for like replacement. Swapping a stroppy, temperamental forward who is loathed in Manchester for... etc and so on.
Elsewhere Edin Dzeko has apologised for his outburst after being substituted in the same game, which is in no way related to Mancini's threat to bench the Bosnian. "I know my reaction [to being substituted] was bad and I have spoken to the guys and to the coach," Dzeko said. "I have apologised for the reaction and Roberto has accepted it and said that everything is OK and that we have to be positive for the next game."
Finally on loan striker Emmanuel Adebayor has vowed not to repeat his goal celebration of two years ago if, sorry when, he scores against Arsenal's porous defence in the North London derby on Sunday.