Boca Juniors expect Carlos Tevez to return to Argentina in 2016

Boca Juniors are confident they can bring former Manchester United and West Ham United striker Carlos Tevez back to his roots in 2016.

Boca Juniors president Daniel Angelici has told La Gazzetta dello Sport that he expects Carlos Tevez to return to his roots when his contract at Juventus expires in 2016.

The Argentine forward is tied to his current Serie A employers for another 18 months, but has told Ole in the recent past that he has no intention of penning an extension.

Talk of a return to the Premier League was sparked at that stage for a man who has previously graced the books of West Ham United, Manchester United and Manchester City.

Tevez will, however, be 32 by the time he becomes a free agent and is eager to head home while still on top of his game.

Boca believe that makes them firm favourites to secure his signature, with the door having been opened to an emotional homecoming for a man who came through the youth ranks in Buenos Aires before heading to Corinthians in 2004 and then on to Europe in 2006.

Angelici told La Gazzetta dello Sport: “Tevez’s plan is to wear our jersey again. To return after such a long time to play two or three ‘comfortable’ years at home. He wants this, his children want it and so does all of his family.

“Of course, his plans could change over a year and a half, but at this moment his plan is to return to us in 2016.

“I was not surprised when Tevez said he didn’t intend to renew his contract with Juventus. It also goes without saying our door is wide open for him.

“The player’s intention is the only weapon Boca have to hope for his return in 2016, as our economic situation wouldn’t get us anywhere close to his price-tag or his wages.”

During his time in Europe, Tevez has won three Premier League titles, the FA Cup, League Cup, Champions League, Club World Cup, Serie A and the Italian Super Cup.

He has been a regular source of goals wherever he has been and a talismanic figure at times.

His work rate, tireless running and prowess in the final third has also made him a fans’ favourite in east London, Manchester and Turin, but the opportunity to see out his career back in his homeland would be difficult to turn down.

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