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09 Aug 2011

Carlos Tevez returned to training at Manchester City on Monday with his future at the club still uncertain.

The Argentine, who had 21 days leave after Copa America, arrived for training shortly before 1000 BST.

Tevez, 27, missed his side's 3-2 loss to former club Manchester United in the Community Shield on Sunday.

A £40m move to Corinthians collapsed in July but his representative Kia Joorabchian said the player still wanted to move from City.

BBC Sport's David Ornstein, at City's training ground Carrington, said the forward was "out on the pitch earlier than expected with [full-back] Pablo Zabaleta and a City fitness coach.

City boss Roberto Mancini said that Tevez won't play for at least another two weeks following his return.

Brazilian side Corinthians 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," 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, 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.

That meeting was later passed off as a coincidence.


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