Carlos Tevez will discover this week whether he is to lose the Manchester City captaincy after reluctantly returning to training on Monday to renew his relationship with a club he had hoped would now form part of his past.
Roberto Mancini is aware there is a strength of feeling among the supporters, as well as in the dressing room, for Vincent Kompany to take over as captain from a man who has made it clear he is in Manchester against his will.
Mancini regards Kompany as a more deserving candidate and his only reservation is the potential for more problems with Tevez given that there is still the possibility he may be heavily reliant on the Argentinian when the season starts.
While Tevez has repeatedly stated his desire to leave the club and his dislike of Manchester, describing it as a city where it always rains and "there are only two restaurants", he has discovered there are few clubs with the spending power to sign a 27-year-old for around £45m as well as taking on a £250,000-a-week salary.
Internazionale have been monitoring the situation closely but, as it stands, do not have the money and that has left Tevez in the difficult position of having to return to Manchester to prepare for the new season and renew his relationship with Mancini after ignoring his telephone calls for virtually the entire summer.
Tevez, who had been given a three-week break at the end of Copa América, took part in a 20-minute training session – in the rain – before driving off without comment. Carrington was largely deserted otherwise because the players who had taken part in the Community Shield defeat to Manchester United had the day off.
While Tevez will continue to seek a way out of the club, Joe Hart has described himself as "very privileged" after signing a new contract that will commit the England international goalkeeper to Eastlands for the next five years. "I can't think of myself being anywhere other than City," he said. "When I signed from Shrewsbury it was always my aim to be the No1 here and I was prepared to do anything to achieve that."
City are now likely to hold more talks with Nigel de Jong after their first round of contract discussions ended with the midfielder rejecting the terms on offer.
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