Monday, 6 June 2011

Carlos Tevez: Sheikh says I can leave Manchester City

Carlos Tevez has cast fresh doubts over his Manchester City future, revealing that club owner, Sheikh Mansour, has told him he is free to leave Eastlands.

And in a separate interview with an Argentinean talk show, he reportedly launched a stinging attack on Manchester – insisting he will never return to the city when his playing career is through.

Tevez is keeping City guessing about his future plans, with Real Madrid and Inter Milan both ready to swoop for the 27-year-old this summer.

And after handing in a transfer request in December, he says Mansour has left the decision in his hands as to whether or not he stays at the club he led to FA Cup victory and third place in the Premier League last season.

"Sheikh Mansour has made a lot of sacrifices to keep me and if I stay at City, it will be for him,” said Tevez. "He signed me, he wants to keep me but, at the same time, he has told me to do whatever I need to do to be happy.

"He has told me, 'If you want to leave, then you can go'. There is no deadline - it's down to me.

"They offered me a new contract in December but I didn't want to extend it.

"At the end of the season they offered me another new deal but at the moment I don't know whether I will accept it."

Tevez left West Ham for United in 2007, heading for City in a controversial move two years later.

But it appears he has no love for Manchester, reportedly telling Argentinean television channel Telefe: "There is nothing to do in Manchester. The problem is I'm still speaking very poor English.

"When I finish my contract I will not return to Manchester ever - not even on holiday."

As for his situation at City, he added: "I have no regrets whatsoever about my transfer request. It was a situation that some people on the board created. They promised something for six months and didn't deliver.

"So, after six months of promises, they don't do something - why should I believe them now? I don't.

"I will never speak to these people again. I still feel the same way.

"I deal direct with Sheikh Mansour - no-one else. It makes no difference to my future, as they don't mean anything to me."

Tevez’ family will play a big part in any decision about staying at Eastlands and he said: “No amount of money, no cars and the lifestyle can make up for the moment when I leave my two daughters at the airport.

"Do you think money solves everything? It solves nothing.

"People think I should be happy because I have everything but I can't buy time with my daughters and my family."

Tevez’ agent Kia Joorabchian added: "His family come first. He will be in Argentina. He will sit down and talk to his family.

"Until he resolves that issue he's not making a final determination on his future.

"What I can tell you is he is very happy at Manchester City. He has been happy at Manchester City. He's resolved his problems he had earlier in the year with certain members of the board. If he can resolve his family issues then why not (stay)?"

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