Tuesday January 24 2012
Man City: 'Milan-Tevez not an option'

Manchester City have warned Milan that they are “not an option” for Carlos Tevez unless the £30m price-tag is met, despite their “misplaced sense of confidence.”

Rossoneri Vice-President Adriano Galliani confirmed they are still in negotiations for Tevez, but are only willing to take the want-away Argentine on loan.

“As things stand AC Milan isn't an option for Carlos Tevez,” Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak told The National.

“Mr Galliani and his advisers have developed a misplaced sense of confidence from their premature discussions with Carlos and his advisers.

“If they want to be a consideration in this transfer window they would do better to stop congratulating one another and begin to look at how they would meet our terms.”

Manchester City are making a stand against the player, who has been AWOL in Argentina since November 7. His wages have been frozen as of the end of November and he was fined six weeks’ wages for gross misconduct.

“Carlos remains a player with contractual obligations to Manchester City for the next two-and-a-half seasons,” said Khaldoon.

“Unless we receive an offer that we deem appropriate, the terms of his contract will be enforced. Inter Milan and Paris St Germain approached discussions with us in good faith and it is always a positive experience to deal with people with a professional approach.”

This final broadside at Milan – who very publicly agreed terms with Tevez’s agent over the Christmas break – is further evidence the move is not going to happen.

It is good news for Maxi Lopez, as the Catania striker is holed up in a Milan hotel waiting for news. He will be signed if the Rossoneri fail to capture Tevez.