Angelo Ogbonna says Carlos Tevez wanted a move back to Argentina rather than West Ham.
West Ham defender Angelo Ogbonna has told the club's official website that he couldn't bring Carlos Tevez back to Upton Park as the striker wanted a return to Argentina.
Ogbonna, 27, joined the Hammers from Juventus earlier this summer, meaning he played alongside Argentine superstar Tevez during his time with the Serie A giants.
The 31-year-old forward is of course best known for his spells with Manchester United and Manchester City, but it was with West Ham where he took his first steps in English football.
Tevez hit seven goals in 29 games for West Ham, becoming a cult hero at Upton Park before moving on to Manchester United in 2007.
After helping Juventus reach the Champions League final last season, Tevez was looking for his next challenge - and reports from the Daily Mail earlier in the year suggested that West Ham wanted to bring him back to Upton Park in an audacious swoop.
Tevez did end up joining one of his former clubs, but it was Boca Juniors, not West Ham - and having been asked by a fan why he couldn't bring Tevez with him to West Ham, Ogbonna told the club's official website that Tevez only wanted to go back to Argentina.
"He wanted to go back to Argentina," joked Ogbonna. "He has worked very hard for many years outside his family, outside his country, and I know him the human being, so I know the decision because he wants his family to grow up back at home," he added.
Tevez may well end up finishing his career with Boca, but a return to West Ham at some point in his career would certainly please Hammers supporters.
With the move to the Olympic Stadium moving ever closer and Premier League TV revenues rising and rising, it isn't out of all realms of possibility that Tevez could eventually find his way back to West Ham - but, as the fan who asked Ogbonna why Tevez didn't come back found out, it's little more than a pipedream right now.