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Carlos Tevez’s transfer request overshadows Manchester City win

| 13.12.2010

Manchester City showed at West Ham that they are capable of winning without Carlos Tevez and it’s something that they may have to get used to after the day that they climbed joint-top of the Premier League ended with the Argentine striker handing in a transfer request.

On the pitch, the Citizens maintained their brilliant away record with a comfortable victory over Tevez’s struggling former team despite a poor and petulant performance from forward Mario Balotelli that ended with him storming down the tunnel after being substituted.

Yaya Toure scored the first and had the shot that prompted Robert Green’s unfortunate own goal for the second before substitute Adam Johnson rounded the West Ham goalkeeper for the third as they moved level on points with Arsenal at the summit.

Roberto Mancini’s side are 7/1 to win the Premier League and while they are likely to lose ground before the end of the weekend with Chelsea visiting Tottenham and Manchester United hosting Arsenal, their odds could soon shorten further as three of their next four games are at home – against Everton, Aston Villa and Blackpool.

In terms of Tevez, Manchester City have rejected his request, which he has since revealed came about because his “relationship with certain executives and individuals at the club has broken down and is now beyond repair”, in addition to pointing out that his agent attempted to negotiate an extension to his lengthy contact earlier this season.

For West Ham, defeat ensured that they will head into Christmas in the drop zone and will likely need to win their first away league game in 16 months at Blackburn next week to avoid tucking into their turkey from the bottom of the table, a situation that almost always leads to relegation.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.