The Manchester City football manager Roberto Mancini appears to have closed the door on a return for outcast Carlos Tevez, saying there was no way back for the striker who is in Argentina without the club's permission.
Mancini had offered the Argentine an olive branch earlier this month by saying that if he apologised for refusing to warm up in their Champions League match against Bayern Munich in September things could go back to normal.
That option receded when Mancini was asked at a news conference if Tevez could return to play for City and he simply replied "no".
Mancini has reverted to the stance he expressed after that game in Munich, when he said the player was "finished" at the club, which suspended him after the incident and fined him following an internal review.
Tevez returned to training but last week failed to show up, saying he had gone to visit family in his homeland.