Carlos Tevez: "I never refused to play"

Tevez:
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Carlos Tevez denies refusing to come off the bench in last night's Champions League clash with Bayern Munich.

Carlos Tevez has issued a statement regarding events in Munich last night that led Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini to declare that the striker would never play for the club again.

In a post-match interview, Mancini said that Tevez had refused to come off the bench as a substitute, but the Argentinian has now disputed these claimes.

"I would like to apologise to the Manchester City supporters, with whom I have always had a strong relationship, for any misunderstanding that occurred in Munich," the statement read.

"They understand that when I am on the pitch I have always given my best for the club.

"In Munich on Tuesday I had warmed up and i was ready to play. This is not the right time to go into specific details as to why this did not happen, but I wish to state I never refused to play.

"There was some confusion on the bench and I believe my position was misunderstood.

"Going forward I am ready to play when required and to fulfil my obligations."

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