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Brian Marwood believes Carlos Tevez will stay at City

Carlos Tevez in training for Manchester City
Tevez is set to make his first appearance for City since handing in a transfer request against Everton on Monday

Manchester City expect Carlos Tevez to continue playing for the club until his contract ends in July 2014, according to Eastlands official Brian Marwood.

"He has a three-and-a-half-year contract with Manchester City and we are not thinking anything other than that," Marwood told BBC Sport.

Tevez, 26, requested a transfer from City, claiming his relationship with "certain executives" was irreparable.

City representatives met with Tevez on Friday to try and persuade him to stay.

Manager Roberto Mancini was among those representatives who met the Argentine.

Speaking before that meeting the former Lazio player said he hoped his captain would be convinced to stay at the club before taking to the field against Everton on Monday evening.

"Will he play on Monday? Yes - he has trained since Tuesday, and he doesn't have a problem," Mancini said.

City's football administrator Marwood denied Tevez's public rift with the club might damage either his or his team-mates' form.

"I can reassure everyone that his mind has been fine this week," he said.

"He has trained fantastically well, he has integrated back into the group after having a few days off.

"I do not think anyone at our football club has any worries about his state of mind.

"We feel that he's got a huge part to play in the future of the football club."

Tevez was not in the party that travelled to Italy for Thursday's 1-1 Europa League draw with Juventus, with Mancini instead giving a number of fringe players a run out with qualification to the last 32 already assured.

Tevez situation will not affect team - Platt

The squad were due to fly back on Thursday evening but were forced to spend the night in Turin after the plane developed a technical fault.

But despite the delay, the club's first-team coach David Platt said that talks with Tevez would be a priority on their return.

"Roberto's back tomorrow [Friday] and he'll sit down face to face with Carlos. Everyone's adult about the situation and we'll see what comes of it," he said.

"He's not managed to sit down with Carlos yet because he's been in Italy but that's what will happen."

Tevez has stated that he will continue to play for the club until any transfer is agreed, but speaking on Wednesday Mancini added he still believed the player could stay in the long term.

"I want to speak to him. He is our player and I hope he continues to play and score for us," added Mancini.

I want to talk to Tevez - Mancini

"I am disappointed because we are in a good moment and in a good position in the table and our focus must be on this."

Asked whether he thought he could change Tevez's mind, Mancini said: "I don't know, I don't know. Carlos is our player and will stay with us.

"It is important we speak. We have important games coming up - lots of important games this month."

Marwood suggested that some of the figures surrounding Tevez, who is advised by Iranian Kia Joorabchian, may be agitating for a move.

"Sometimes there are other influences at work that have other agendas, but we have not engaged in any commentary through the week," said Marwood.

Joorabchian, who claims to have tried to talk Tevez into staying, has said that the striker's desire to leave stems in part from City's failure to qualify for this season's Champions League.

Micah Richards, who captained City in Tevez's absence in Turin, added: "I am confident he will stay. He is a big part of our team and I think they will get it sorted out, the sooner the better really.

"We need him in our team. If we want to achieve what we want, he has got to be the main man. He is our captain. We have still got Adebayor, Balotelli and Jo, who had a fantastic game tonight. We have got players there or thereabouts but Carlos is special. If we want to get to where we want to go, then we need him in our team."

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Tevez joined City in 2009 following a two-year spell with rivals Manchester United.

He scored 29 goals in his debut season and has managed 10 in 18 appearances since Mancini handed him the captaincy prior to the start of the current campaign.

But less than 17 months into a five-year contract, the former Boca Juniors, Corinthians and West Ham forward asked to leave.



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