Tevez’s refusal to come on as a half-time substitute in a 2-0 defeat to Bayern Munich in September 2011 led Roberto Mancini, the Manchester City manager, to unequivocally state the Argentine was finished with the club. His career seemed all but over when on November 7th he flew to South America in an unauthorised trip, where he remained for three months. In February, however, the striker returned to meet City chiefs to offer an apology for his behaviour. He subsequently made amends with Mancini and re-established his place in the starting line-up. He later revealed that the fall out with City almost resulted in his retiring from football.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Unless Chelsea soon sign a new centre forward, Antonio Conte might have to recall Diego Costa from his first team exile.

It’s understood that the Brazil-born striker has been told his time at Stamford Bridge is over, but their lack of activity in the transfer market suggests this could be a big mistake.

With this in mind, talkSPORT.com decided to take a look at examples of when players and managers had to swallow their pride and perform shock U-turns.

Scroll through the gallery above to find out who features.

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