Roberto Mancini admits he is has no idea how long Carlos Tevez will remain a Manchester City player.
Tevez signed a five-year contract with City in July 2009 and despite being a prolific scorer Blues since making move from neighbours Manchester United, he submitted a transfer request in December.
That was soon withdrawn, with the Argentina striker insisting he is fully committed to City after holding talks with club officials.
But reports this week quoted the player’s representative Kia Joorabchian as saying Tevez would be happy to rejoin Brazilian side Corinthians.
Asked if he felt keeping hold Tevez would be a problem, Mancini said: “I don’t know this.
“I’m happy for Carlos because he has scored 50 goals for Manchester City and I hope he can continue to score, but in football it is impossible to know what will happen in the future. I hope Carlos can continue to play here.”
Tevez reached the 50-goal mark for City after coming off the bench in Sunday’s FA Cup win over Notts County, in what was his 73rd appearance for the club.
The 27-year-old may return to the starting line-up for Thursday’s Europa League game at home to Aris Salonika.
And Mancini insisted he was not concerned by the speculation surrounding his captain as City prepared to face Aris Salonika with a place in the last 16 of the Europa League at stake.
“At this moment, I am worried only about the game, not about other things,” he said.
“I am worried about the championship and the cups. For the moment, Carlos is here, he plays for Manchester City.
“He is important, but in the squad there are more than 20 players who are all important.
“It is normal when you have a striker like Carlos, or Mario (Balotelli) or (Edin) Dzeko, that it is important they play. But I don’t know what will happen next year.”