Redknapp rules out Tevez
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has strongly criticised Carlos Tevez and would not be able to afford the Man City rebel.
Last Updated: 30/09/11 9:47am
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has strongly criticised Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez and has ruled out an attempt to sign the Argentine because he is out of the White Hart Lane club's price range.
Despite a subsequent denial, Tevez has sparked fury after a row with City boss Roberto Mancini during Tuesday night's defeat to Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League, when the ex-Manchester United man apparently refused to play in the match as a substitute.
Mancini has said the 27-year-old, who has submitted two transfer requests since last December, has no future at City and it is being speculated whether the club will cancel the player's contract.
Tevez was the target of former club Corinthians in the summer, while Inter Milan were also linked with a £30million bid, but Redknapp is not interested in any attempt to sign the forward and his high salary due to Spurs' financial restrictions.
Asked if he would be look at Tevez, Redknapp said at a press conference ahead of Thursday's Europa League match against Shamrock Rovers: "We couldn't afford him, no chance."
The Spurs boss added: "He is a great player, but I can't condone what happened yesterday. It was unbelievable."
Redknapp believes Tevez has shown disrespect to City and should not be considered as a player in the same bracket of the likes of City legends Mike Summerbee, Colin Bell or Francis Lee.
"I felt sorry for Roberto Mancini to be put in that situation. It wasn't fair. It wasn't right," said Redknapp.
"It wasn't right for Man City and was not right for football. I can't believe it. It shouldn't happen and can't happen.
"When you look at that, you wonder what Joe Mercer and Malcolm Allison would have thought of it and all the great Man City people. The great players like Summerbee, Bell, Lee.
"To see a player do that, refuse to come on and play in a Champions League game is beyond belief."
Asked what he would do in that situation, Redknapp said: "I don't know what you can do now, he holds all the aces.
"He gets his wages every week and eventually, if you want to give him away, someone will give him a fortune because it's cheap or there is no doubting he is a great player.
"It's a problem that only Man City can deal with now."
Stoke City boss Tony Pulis, speaking ahead of his side's Europa League tie with Besiktas, said of the Tevez incident: "Players get disappointed and players have got egos, but you deal with it.
"I'm sure they will deal with it in the right and proper manner.
"What is said and done between two people is said and done, so they have to react and do what they have to do at Man City."