The Carlos Tevez saga shows no sign of being drawn to a swift and dignified conclusion as both Manchester City and player refuse to back down.
The Argentinean refused to come off the bench against Bayern Munich in their Champions League group clash last week and – although Tevez denies this version of events – City are allegedly trying to push through a fine of six weeks wages.
That fine would amount to well over £1million, although the money is unlikely to be an issue for either player or club.
City have drifted out to 2/1 to win the Premier League in light of an issue that has now seen Diego Maradona wade into the debate.
Maradona has leapt to the defence of his former Argentina charge in the wake of growing criticism from the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson – who the Argentina legend had some choice words for.
He said: “Ferguson should not be talking about it because he became a big coach only after he got big players.”
Maradona’s staunch and, to be honest, nonsensical defence of Tevez has increased speculation that the pair could join at Al Wasl where Maradona is currently boss.
According to Emirates 24/7, Maradona has been in personal contact with Tevez to see if he’d be interested in joining him out in Dubai.
It seems unlikely at the moment as Tevez has reiterated his desire to be near his family, so a move back to South America currently looks like the most likely option.
One thing is for sure though – Tevez’s time at Manchester City looks to be over.