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29 November 2023

Anzhi offers only hope for City rebel Tevez

Tevez remains a Manchester City player after the transfer window slammed shut on Tuesday night. (FILE)

By Agencies

Manchester City’s estranged son Carlos Tevez could continue his career with the Russian Premier League side Anzhi who are also trying to lure Arsenal's Andrey Arshavin.

Italian La Gazzetta Dello Sport claims the Argentinian has been offered €18 million per year and is now considering the move to the republic of Dagestan.

The deal looks unlikely at the moment as the troubled striker has said he is not willing to play in Russia.

However, Anzhi seems to offer his last real chance to move away from City this winter after PSG and AC Milan withdrew their interest in him.

Tevez has been in dispute with the club since failing to heed coach Roberto Mancini's instructions to warm up and come on as a substitute during a Champions League match with Bayern Munich in September.

Following his demarche, Tevez was immediately suspended by City and forced to pay a fine amounting to roughly £1 million. All-in-all, his financial losses for not playing in Manchester have reached £9.3 million, according to the BBC.

On a self-imposed exile in his native Argentina, Tevez has appealed to the Premier League against the six-week fine imposed on him. It should be heard by the Premier League some time in February.

Despite being the subject of constant speculation in recent weeks, the striker was still a Manchester City player when the transfer window slammed shut on Tuesday night.

AC Milan had appeared close to capturing the Argentinian but the Serie A giants failed to negotiate a deal with City.

Their Italian rivals Inter and French giants Paris St Germain were among the other European heavyweights interested, but no deal was forthcoming.

Mancini has also refused to comment on the possibility that Tevez could stay with the club for the rest of the season.

However, his advisor informed Sky Sports on deadline day he would not be going anywhere in January.

Questioned if Tevez would still have to apologise for his behaviour before being reintegrated into the City squad, Mancini said: "I don't know at this moment. I am very disappointed for my mistake in this game (against Everton)."

He added: "Tevez is always a Manchester City player. I don't know what his condition is at this moment."

However, Tevez could still potentially join a club in Russia or South America, where clubs work to different transfer guidelines.