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Full-back remains positive over Argentine

Homesick striker Carlos Tevez will stay at Eastlands at least until the end of the season, according to Manchester City defender Micah Richards.

Tevez remains the club’s top scorer with ten goals so far this season, but is eager to leave the club and handed in a transfer request last week. However boss Roberto Mancini is keen for the striker to stay and was scheduled to hold talks with the Argentine yesterday evening, hoping to persuade him to reconsider and lead City into Europe’s elite.

Richards backs Mancini’s opinion of Tevez’s situation and remains hopeful that the talisman will remain with the Citizens.

"I'm sure we can keep Carlos until the end of the season at least.

"We're doing well in the league and we finished  top of our group in Europe. It's going well for us and he's a big part of what we're trying to do.

"If you ask anyone, they will tell you that. I think they will get it sorted out and the sooner, the better."

However, Richards assured fans that Tevez’s attitude in the dressing room has not changed as the City players remain positive about keeping him at Eastlands.

"Carlos has been just the same. He's got his opinions and stuff. He's a bubbly character, always laughing and joking in training,” said Richards.

"I don't think it's anything to do with Man City to be honest. He's said previously that he's tired and stuff like that.

"He made his debut when he was 15 or 16 and I think he's missing his family back home."

Speculation has surrounded the Argentine all season, yet it was not until last week’s clash against West Ham that he expressed his desire to leave the club.

He sat out the clash with his former club due to suspension, but is set to return to action against Everton on Monday.

Both Tevez and Mario Balotelli were rested in City’s 1-1 Europa League tie with Juventus on Thursday.

Tevez is currently placed 17th in the Castrol Rankings, making him the the seventh-highest ranked Premier League player at the moment, behind Wayne Rooney (4th), Frank Lampard (5th), Rafael van der Vaart (7th), Flourent Malouda (9th), Dimitar Berbatov (15th) and Didier Drogba (16th).

For more Castrol rankings insights visit the Castrol Zone on Goal.com

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