Manchester City could have a massive problem on their hands over the summer with Carlos Tevez.
That problem will arise if the club starts getting offers from Tevez’s former team Boca Juniors, who are reportedly keen on offering him an escape route back to Argentina.
Recent reports suggesting Tevez wanted a new contract at Manchester City seem to have been born out of an air of acceptance, as opposed to him actually wanting to stay in Manchester.
Bear in mind, this is a player who has already made some less than appealing comments about Manchester as a city, urging his former side to come in and sort a deal out for him.
“If it was down to me then I would return tomorrow because I will love Boca until I die. Maybe I will return to Boca when I am 33. It’s very difficult for any Argentinian club to pay Manchester City my market value,” said Tevez on Argentinian TV Station Canal 9.
It’s a very risky game for him to be playing, especially as he has previous history with Roberto Mancini which has already seen him shunned, and nearly sold, in the past.
Tevez nearly joined AC Milan following the incident which saw him refuse to warm up against Bayern Munich in a Champions League game, prompting Roberto Mancini to say his career at the club was over.
The sticking point is the price with City doing their best to keep him in Manchester by overpricing him.
Tevez makes a very good point that a bid of £17 million from AC Milan wasn’t good enough and he’s in arguably better form right now, than he was then, which makes a price higher than that even more possible.
The recent talks of a new contract seem to have been destroyed by these comments but that could still be a tactic by City to try and net a very high fee for the striker.
It’s not unheard of for a club to get a player to sign on, having already agreed to sell him, because his value then increases and the club that owns the player can justify a higher transfer fee.
What seems most likely is that he’ll see out the remainder of his contract at the club before going back to Argentina as a free agent, away from the shackles which he obviously see as having kept him in Manchester.
I for one thought he’d gotten over his distain of the area but apparently not and these comments are not going to make him at all popular with the supporters, especially at a time when City need to fight back domestically and in Europe.
What do you make of his comments?
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