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Saga costs Tevez millions

Manchester City will have no problem forcing Carlos Tevez to see out his contractual obligations if they fail to reach a suitable offer for the want away striker.

Tevez is trying to engineer a move away from the Etihad Stadium but his efforts have so far come to nothing with Inter Milan, Paris St Germain and AC Milan all ending their pursuit of the player.

AC Milan have not given up hope of persuading the 27-year-old from joining them but they have failed to match City's valuation of £25million and Manchester City chairman Khaldoon al-Mubarak has warned that they will not be selling Tevez on the cheap.

"As things stand, AC Milan is not an option for Carlos Tevez," Khaldoon told the Abu Dhabi-based newspaper The National.

"Mr Galliani (AC Milan vice-president) and his advisors have developed a misplaced sense of confidence from their premature discussions with Carlos Tevez and his advisors.

"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."

It has emerged that Tevez has missed out on £9.3 in earnings and bonuses as a result of his long-running saga with City.

The Argentina international was fined two weeks' wages for his failure to warm up during the Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich. City subsequently stopped paying is £200,000-a-week wages following his decision to return to South America without the club's permission and he has been fined six weeks wages for his failure to return.

With just six days remaining in the transfer window time is running out for the striker to complete a move away from the Premier League and Khaldoon has warned the player that the club are prepared to play hardball.

"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."

In the event that Tevez remains a City player and still refuses to return, the club will be prepared to take legal action in an attempt to recoup lost revenue.


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