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Roberto Mancini has told Carlos Tevez he can quit Manchester City if he is not committed to the club.

Tevez will start today’s FA Cup final against Stoke but his future is in doubt, with the City skipper said to be keen on a move this summer.

And City boss Mancini has told £40million-rated Tevez – who handed in a transfer request earlier this season – he should leave if he is unhappy.

“Carlos has got a five-year contract, but in my opinion a player should stay here because he believes in the project and he’s happy to stay at the club,” said Mancini.

“If I’m not happy to stay, then I’ll leave. It’s the same for the players. If they aren’t happy to stay, it’s better they leave.

“When you start your job you should be happy, because the season is long and there could be a thousand problems.

“I have never said that Carlos wants to leave – I said that it would be his decision. At the moment, he has a five-year contract here.

“He’s scored 22 goals and that’s very important. But we’ve got this far because all the players have contributed.

“I would say all the players here at the moment are happy to stay because this season they’ve worked well together and we’ve got into the Champions League.”

Real Madrid and Inter Milan are both keen on signing Tevez, and the City board have now accepted it may be in their best interest to sell their captain this summer.

City fear a repeat of last October’s unseemly saga over Tevez’s future, with his representatives understood to be keen on a fresh, lucrative move for the 26-year-old.

Mancini and Tevez’s relationship is strained.

The latest clash between the pair coming during Tuesday’s 1-0 win over Tottenham at Eastlands, which secured their Champions League place.

Tevez, keen to prove his fitness following a hamstring problem ahead of today’s final, was angry Mancini kept him waiting to come on and gave his boss a volley of abuse when told to carry on warming-up.

Mancini claimed he gets on with Tevez, but said he could not guarantee if the forward would be at City next season.

“I don’t know,” he said. “We have a good team this year but we need to improve.

“To win the title is harder but if we can buy good players with experience of winning with other teams, that would be good for everyone.”

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