Carlos Tevez reportedly made it clear in January that he intended to return to his boyhood club Boca Juniors when his contract expired in 2014. It has long been spoken about that the Argentine is looking for a return to South America where he can be closer to his family and it has even been reported in the past the 29-year-old could retire from football early in order to make such a desire a reality.
‘‘I’ve got a year left on my contract at Manchester City and they want me to sign for two more seasons. I would prefer to return home, but it is very difficult because City won’t let me leave for nothing. I will stay in Europe for another two years and then go back. Boca’s president always says the door is open for me to rejoin them and I am dying to pull on their shirt once more. I want to end my career with them. It is my dream and the dream of my family as well. I would love to be playing for them against River Plate. I’d prefer that to City’s game against Fulham. But I am under contract and have to be here in England.’’
So while he reminded everyone of his effectiveness in the game with Aston Villa on Monday night it seems the bullish striker is still dreaming of another world closer to home.
His career in the UK has been awash with past difficulties. From third-party ownership, cross-city switches, Allianz Arena insubordination and subsequent Faustino Asprilla behaviours in 2014 it seems he will almost definitely leave City.
But as he himself put it so succinctly City will not want to lose him for nothing. But with Boca Juniors his dream location and the Buenos Aires side in a degree of financial hardship just what can they get in return for the return of one of their most mercurial figures?
Leandro Paredes is the name that immediately springs to mind. He is nicknamed ‘The Heir’ in homage to his potential to be the next Juan Roman Riquelme. Manchester United, Arsenal, Lazio, Inter Milan, AC Milan; you name the big European team and the likelihood is they have been linked with the player.
Such is the current state of the club there is little else in regards of playing talent that would catch the eye of Mancini and co other than Paredes.
Boca would be losing one of their most potent and exciting talents perhaps since Tevez himself came through the ranks; but the commercial positives of bringing Tevez ‘home’ would be vast for a team currently struggling to resurrect old ghosts for glory.
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