Saturday, 4 June 2011

Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez eyes £35m Real Madrid switch

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Carlos Tevez is waiting to see if Real Madrid are ready to make a £35m bid to snatch him away from Eastlands as he considers his Manchester City future.

The 27-year-old has made it clear his family will play a key role in deciding whether he stays with the Blues or moves on.

Tevez returned to his native Argentina last week to discuss his future with his family.

The striker, City’s top scorer during each of his two seasons at Eastlands, is keen to be closer to his two daughters, who live with their mother in Buenos Aires.

A move to Jose Mourinho’s Madrid is understood to be an option because it has better flight links with the Argentinian capital and there is no language barrier – both factors Tevez believes would make it easier to persuade his family to join him in Europe.

He indicated money is not a driving factor by recently rejecting a move to Juventus, which would have been worth around £20m a year to him.

When asked about his City future at the club’s end-of-season awards night last month, Tevez said: “Let’s hope I can stay here.”

His team-mates are hoping he will stay too, with winger Adam Johnson the latest player to call on the striker to commit his future to the club.

And despite submitting – and then withdrawing – a transfer request last December, Tevez has continued to put in wholehearted performances for the Blues. His dedication to the cause was summed up by a tireless performance in City’s FA Cup final win over Stoke, having battled back from a torn hamstring that had restricted him to just 12 minutes of football in the previous five weeks.

And the striker has also made it clear that he has no problems with manager Roberto Mancini or anyone else at the club.

But his genuine indecision as to where he will be playing next season has been demonstrated by his refusal to give any cast-iron assurances that he will remain at Eastlands.

He acknowledged after the FA Cup final that a move to either Spain or Italy would be a possibility.

Madrid, though, will have to make a huge offer to tempt City to part with a player who has been the main man in their transformation to a Champions League side, particularly as Tevez still has three years to run on his contract at Eastlands.

But Tevez’s agent, Kia Joorabchian, insists the striker will put his family first when he makes a decision on his future.

“It’s difficult to talk about offers,” he said. “Carlos is a big player who will attract big clubs. But he personally has had a very good season at City. He’s happy with the current situation at City.

“He’s sorted out his problems with the directors at City, that was sorted back in December.

“I think it all boils down to his family. If they feel comfortable about moving to Manchester then there’s every chance he will stay at Manchester.

“He was one of first to join this project. He had ambitions to get City to the Champions League and win to win a trophy. He has helped them do that.”

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