Carlos Tevez
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Manchester City have revealed their AWOL striker Carlos Tevez's recent behaviour has cost the controversial Argentine more than £9 million in fines, unpaid wages and bonuses, according to The Times.

Tevez has been perpetually linked with a move away from Manchester City this month but in a rare interview, the Premier League leaders' owner Khaldoon al-Mubarak suggested the player's advisors and indeed some of his alleged suitors should "stop congratulating one another" and instead endeavour to find a solution to the hugely unsavoury last few months.

The former Manchester City captain has made his desire to join AC Milan clear from the offset and following the breakdown in negotiations with Paris Saint-Germain, City have made their patent anger and dissatisfaction towards Tevez and his advisor, the much maligned Kia Joorabchian, palpable.

Manchester City reportedly fined Tevez six weeks' wages last month after an internal investigation found him guilty of gross misconduct following his direct contradiction of club demands when he returned to Buenos Aires.

Manchester City have also held the player's reputed £198,000 a week wages back for the whole of December and January, and add to that sum the initial fine he encountered when he refused to play against Bayern Munich in September, and the former Manchester United striker has been sanctioned in excess of £9 million.

Despite the recent leaks regarding the financial sanctions imposed by City on Carlos Tevez, Paul McCarthy, who is Kia Joorabchian's advisor, suggests the player had always agreed to waive his rights to payment when he decided to return home.

"They [the papers] are running a story based on a briefing given by Manchester City, that Carlos has lost £9.3milion in lost wages and bonuses which is a lot money," Joorabchian's advisor Paul McCarthy told Sky Sports News.

"When Carlos went back to Argentina in November, he and the club came to agreement that he waived his wages - because he was not at Manchester, Carrington, so he waived his wages.

"And the situation is now that - quite frankly from Carlos' point of view - it is never about the money, it is not an economic situation with Carlos; if it had been he would have sat down with City about extending his contract which was on the table at one stage, but that is obviously not the case now and we wait and see what happens over the transfer window."

In addition to lambasting Wednesday morning's reports, McCarthy suggested they were under no illusions in regards to Manchester City's right to demand for a set price for Tevez, even though he suggested the striker's lack of football should have a bearing on his valuation.

"Nobody has been under any illusion that City would accept a lower bid, a cut-price, cheap bid - there has never been that understanding," he continued.

"From the outset we knew City would only accept market value and rightly so; why wouldn't they and Kia and Carlos have no issue with that, they have the right to demand any price they wish as, Khaldoon Al Mubarak [City chairman] pointed out, he is still under contract.

"Manchester City set the price; the fact Carlos has not played since September will influence that - but they set the price, they put the valuation on him, we can agree personal terms, discuss them with potential suitors but nobody but Manchester City can put the price on Carlos Tevez.

"He [Tevez] is acceptant of the situation, he knows it [the transfer window] closes next week - everyone is fully aware that Kia has been given the mandate to discuss terms with other clubs, but it is then up to those clubs to come to agreement with Manchester City over a fee."