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Man City boss Mancini opens door to Tevez staying next season

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has opened the door to Carlos Tevez staying next season.

Tevez is expected to start tomorrow night against Manchester United.

Mancini said: "I don't think Carlos will find his best form until next ­season when he has had ­pre-season training.

"Maybe this is not the time to talk about the future, but Carlos has two years left on his contract. He is a City player. Carlos is not 100 per cent because it is impossible to be 100 per cent if you haven't played for six months.

"But he is a ­clever player who uses his experience. He has scored important goals and has done even more than I ­expected. I just hope he can continue to do this in our last three games because he is a top striker.

"It was a strange ­situation because he had six months out. I said to ­Carlos lots of times ­'Carlos, apologise'."

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