Mancini opens Tevez return door

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Roberto Mancini has offered Carlos Tevez an unlikely lifeline at Manchester City.

The Argentine international striker has been frozen out at the Etihad Stadium after refusing to warm-up during the Champions League clash against Bayern Munich, with the Italian manager accusing the player of refusing to play and Tevez subsequently threatening to sue.

However, the Citizens chief has issued an unlikely olive branch in an interview with Italian publication Corriere Della Sera, with Mancini insisting an apology to both him and the players would be enough to get Tevez back into first team activities.

"Everything depends on Carlos. If he apologises to the squad and to me then everything will be as before," said Mancini.

"If he doesn't then Tevez has a value that everyone knows and something will happen in January. He is totally unprepared and being badly advised. I don't want it to be like this and I would be the first to forgive him."

Mancini also spoke about how his plans are finally coming to fruition at the club, with changes ranging from the diet of the players to the number of days spent training having an impact on the attitude of the players.

Winning the FA Cup has served as the catalyst for potential success this season, and with a five point lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League things appear to be going as planned.

"Slowly, slowly we have introduced a new mentality at City and we have also looked at the diet (fatty foods are out while olive oil and pasta are in thanks to his Italian chef), rules and training," he added.

"If you don't work hard you don't win. Now the players have one day off a week - every now and then.

"With the FA Cup win everything clicked into place, attitudes changed and it was a real leap in quality. The small things make a big difference."

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