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04 Aug 2011

Manchester City say they have granted Carlos Tevez extended leave and expect him to report for training on Monday.

It means Tevez will miss Sunday's Community Shield game against former club Manchester United at Wembley.

City had earlier said he was due to return on Thursday, although BBC Sport understands that, as of Wednesday afternoon, Tevez was still abroad.

In June the 27-year-old Argentine said he would never return to Manchester "even on vacation".

He later asked to leave the club for personal reasons but a £40m move to Brazil side Corinthians collapsed.

A City spokesman said there would be a light training session for the whole squad on Monday.

"Carlos has now been given extended leave so he can return on Monday, which is 21 days after Argentina's exit from the Copa America," said the spokesman.

As well as Corinthians, Argentina striker Tevez has been linked with Inter Milan and Real Madrid.

The Brazilian side pulled out of the transfer saying there was not enough time to complete a deal before the Brazilian transfer window closed at 0400 BST on Thursday, 21 July.

Tevez's advisor said his client still wanted to leave Manchester City to spend more time with his family in South America but was not "overly worried" by the collapse of the Corinthians deal.

"This is Carlos Tevez we are talking about, one of the best players in the world. We are not overly worried," Kia Joorabchian told BBC Sport.

"He wants to leave but is still a City player at the moment and we will of course respect that."

The former West Ham and Manchester United player missed City's pre-season tour of the United States because he played in the Copa America for Argentina.

City gave him special dispensation to return to pre-season training later than his team-mates because of his involvement in the tournament.

At the end of July, City manager Roberto Mancini admitted he had still not been able to contact his captain and pictures then emerged of the Argentine speaking to the Inter Milan official responsible for player transfers - Marco Branca.


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