Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has launched a stinging attack on Carlos Tevez, but has warned Manchester City that the striker "holds all the aces" in the power struggle that has developed between the player and the club.
City boss Roberto Mancini claimed on Tuesday night that Tevez refused to come off the substitutes' bench and play in th Champions League clash at Bayern Munich, which they lost 2-0.Tevez has denied those claims, but Redknapp clearly thinks the former West Ham striker was in the wrong and gave his full support to Mancini.
"It was unbelievable. I felt sorry for Roberto Mancini to be put in that situation. It's not fair. It wasn't right for Man City, wasn't right for football. I can't believe it," said Redknapp.
"It shouldn't happen. It can't happen. I just wonder what City legends like Malcom Allison and Mike Summerbee would have thought of seeing a player refuse to play in a Champions League game. It is beyond belief."
Mancini has said he never wants Tevez to play for him again but Redknapp thinks letting the Argentina star rot in the reserves could be detrimental to the club.
Redknapp said: "I don't know what you can do with him now. At the end of the day he holds all the aces. He gets his wages every week and if you want to give him away someone will give him a fortune because he is cheap. He is a great player, no doubt, a fantastic footballer but it's a problem that Man City can deal with now.
"Only they can decide whether he plays for them again. I thought the manager was fantastic after the game, the way he spoke. He didn't deserve that. He is a good manager. He is a good guy."
Stoke City boss Tony Pulis, speaking ahead of his side's Europa League tie with Besiktas, said of the Tevez incident: "Players get disappointed and players have got egos, but you deal with it. I'm sure they will deal with it in the right and proper manner.
"What is said and done between two people is said and done, so they have to react and do what they have to do at Man City."
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