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Tevez now odds-on to stay following Mancini’s revelations

| 18.05.2011

Roberto Mancini’s word should be final but the Manchester City manager has failed to convince everyone that Carlos Tevez will be a Manchester City player next year.

There is yet to be any confirmation from the striker that he will remain at Manchester City next season but punters are taking Mancini’s comments at face value and have backed Tevez to stay in to 4/9.

Following Saturday’s FA Cup final victory over Stoke City, Tevez was 4/9 not to be a Manchester City player next season, but a brace against Stoke last night along with reassurances from the manager have seen the odds reverse completely and Tevez is now 13/8 to leave.

“He’s told me he wants to stay and he’s got a five year contract,” said Mancini. “He’s told me before and after the FA Cup final.”

The two goals last night mean Tevez is now level on league goals with Dimitar Berbatov this season and the two rivals face a final day shootout for the top goalscorer title.

Berbatov just edges the favouritism at 4/5 with Tevez available at 10/11, and should the Argentine end the season as the top goalscorer in the Premier League, it will just enhance his value to the club.

Manchester City must do everything in their power to keep Tevez at the club if they harbour any ambitions of winning next season’s Premier League title, and keeping the striker would send out a huge message to their title rivals.

Having opened at 11/2 to win the 2011/12 Premier League title, Manchester City are now 9/2 to win next season’s title and should Tevez confirm his desire to stay, those Premier League title odds are likely to shorten further.

Manchester United remain the favourites at 13/8 with Chelsea available at 2/1 and these three are some way clear of Arsenal at 7/1 and Liverpool at 10/1.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.