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Tevez: It is goodbye

2009-05-10 13:10

London -Argentinian striker Carlos Tevez has reaffirmed his wish to leave Manchester United at the end of the season because he feels unwanted and unappreciated at the club.

Tevez has in recent months complained about limited first team opportunities with United, for whom he scored 19 goals in 39 appearances as they won the Premier League and Champions League last season, and hinted last month he was ready to leave Old Trafford.

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson responded by saying he was optimistic of holding on to the on-loan Argentinian striker when his contract expires this summer.

However Tevez says he is growing increasingly frustrated with United, claiming a lack of first team appearances has affected his confidence.

He said he is ready to move to another English Premier League club even if it meant a drop in wages.

"It is goodbye," he told The Sunday Telegraph.

"I respect the fans and it has been a great two years. Obviously in the last year my participation on the pitch has been less but that has been the choice of the coach, not my choice.

"I have given everything I possibly can to the shirt of Manchester (United) and I'm grateful to the fans. But I'm leaving and I do so with my head held high."

The complicated background to Tevez's contract status means the former West Ham forward is only on loan at Old Trafford and is a free agent at season's end with the ability to walk out on United.

Iranian businessman Kia Joorabchian's company MSI own Tevez's registration. Joorchabian claimed on Sunday he had received an offer of 40m pounds from a foreign club for Tevez.

The Argentinian refuted claims that he has tried to hold the club to ransom by asking for more money, and insists he is not angling for a move abroad.

"My daughter, Florencia, is four and is learning English, speaking English - it's better than mine - and my wife Vanesa is also happy here," added Tevez.

"We like living here and want to stay here."

But Tevez said the frustration of being dropped time and again while scoring goals and playing well for United has forced him to look elsewhere.

He added: "This season I scored four goals against Blackburn in the Carling Cup and then got dropped, I came on and scored against Porto in the quarter-final (of the Champions League) and then got dropped for the away leg.

"I scored two against Fulham and got dropped. Whether I come on the pitch and play well or whether I come on and play OK, I know I am going to get dropped.

"That creates a bad feeling for me."

Tevez's latest outburst is likely to alert United's Premier League rivals to his availability - all of whom are likely to be watching the situation closely.

AFP

Comments
  • NickDM - 2009-05-10 13:50

    I can sympathise with Tevez's plight because he is a class player. And he really does give his all on the pitch, as he claims. Problem is that he is part of a highly talented squad of other players willing to give life and limb for the Man U cause. I recall when Rooney was made to switch from being more of a central player to one that works down the flanks of the pitch predominately. He wasn't happy - his play, body language and even temper illustrated it. But now, after a while, he has become more of a team player and with Sir Alex's guidance and support he performs his team role superbly. Move to another club Carlos, but realise that more game time and perhaps less money will ultimately amount to no realistic chance of ever winning silverware again.

  • Michael J.J. - 2009-05-10 14:11

    Well cheers then, do we really need to fork out 30 million quid. Wellbeck, Macheda, Campbell, Manucho...

  • ray - 2009-05-10 15:18

    Tevez will be a great loss to united. And ferguson better realize this before its too late....its seems too late already. Tevez had played better football than berbatov. Sell him insead! he has certainly not been a Return on investment this far....34 million and nothing to speak about yet

  • iceman1982 - 2009-05-10 15:41

    C'mon Arsenal get out your wallets!!

  • dangerdoug - 2009-05-10 16:10

    let the bidding begin! Quality player,dangerous with a proven record.Players are trying to keep their national selectors happy by staying in first team starting line-ups....to guarantee World Cup places. Arsenal?Chelsea? maybe even Liverpool? Fergie knows he will make any other team stronger!

  • allen mcgallis - 2009-05-10 20:14

    keep carlos teves get rid of rooney he can only perform when ronaldo gives him the ball .

  • Anonymous User - 2009-05-11 07:53

    ofcoz tevez would be upset losing his place to that lazy, useless berbatov. but then again ferguson has to play berba becoz of the huge transfer fee, whats the point of paying 30mil pounds for a player only to let him sit on the bench

  • UTD TIL I DIE - 2009-05-11 07:54

    allen mcgallis 5/10/2009 8:14 PM you are a idiot, you only support united from yesterday, go comment on the liverpool articles, rooney at 23 is lalready manutd legend.

  • tyrone - 2009-05-11 09:13

    commom guys im sure SIR Alex knows what he is doing, Tevez will learn like every other guy, beckam,van nistlroy,veron,heinze..you wanna leave UNITED,your carrer goes backwards.......COME ON UNITED...WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED!!!

  • Nazeem - 2009-05-11 09:32

    I agree with Ray. Berbatov has been something of a dissapointment and Tevez is a far better worker. At the end of the day though, Sir Alex knows exactly what he's doing.. He hasnt let us down yet... :-)

  • Anonymous User - 2009-05-11 09:57

    @UTD til i die - please die already lol seems to me you are still hurt with that smack from pool hey! :-) doesnt matter what silverwear you have, fact is you were smacked so hard that its still affecting you to this day! you supposed to be focusing on the CL and PL! so F#ck you idiot! and btw, united is no doubt good - this all the reason i cant associate you with them! what an IDIOT you are...why dont you go post on womes 24 where your comments will count! LOL

  • Anonymous User - 2009-05-11 10:42

    BOTTOM LINE !!!! - FERGIE PLEASE SIGN TEVEZ (PROVEN TRACK RECORD),HE'S AN ARGENTINE BOY AND CAN TURN A GAME IN AN INSTANT - AS FOR "allen mcgallis 5/10/2009 8:14 PM" - BOSS I THINK YOU ARE SMOKING SOCKS, ROONEY IS THE DARLING OF OLD TRAFFORD , I GUESS YOU ARE CONFUSED WITH LOCAL KITCHEN FOOTBALL.

  • Anonymous User - 2009-05-11 10:44

    u guys are right , just to get of the topic . Hows was Ronaldos reaction when he was taken of against man city . I think Ronaldo needs a wake up call, u are not bigger than the team . Look at all the big names that have left united , u dont even hear about them . I think that cake should just get out ,we made him and we can break him. He forgot who brought him fame .

  • Anonymous User - 2009-05-11 10:56

    Tevez dont be an idiot and leave. I would rather sit on the bench for M.U. than play in any other premier league first team. As for comments by allen mcgallis. What a tosser.

  • Anonymous User - 2009-05-11 11:26

    I also agree that Tevez must stay. get rid of that lazy, selfish berbatov who can't even pass the ball to a person 5m away from him. I think Tevez watches SA soccer cause he plays just like Khenyeza of Ajax. At least if he goes, fergie will know who to replace him with(Khenyeza). lol.........

  • UTD TIL I DIE - 2009-05-11 11:38

    Anonymous User 5/11/2009 9:57 AM stop hiding behind the anon, if you man enough, you post a name, looserfool smacked us twice so what grow up you wimp, looserfools drew twice with stoke and lost to middlesborough go choke that, and why are you commenting on a manutd article, is there nothing interesting written about looserfools no more, oh yes out of the cl, does look like any league they can win. Heir is a idea, you can comment, on thanda royal zulu or something. you scouser idiot. LFC is only hated because of idiot supporters like you.

  • Shankly's Kin - 2009-05-11 12:19

    Fergie will make a big mistake to let Carlitos leave. I wish Rafa would buy him, but he probably won't get much game time with us either due to the Nando-Stevie partnership, so that's not gonna happen even if it is rumoured. As for you Nazeem ("Fergie hasn't let us down yet") - you contradict yourself with your own statements. The Berbie transfer in itself is a failure by the Dutchess of Old Trafford, Fergie. He was never worth 30 mil. Fergie shoulda used that money to buy Carlitos from MSI. As simple as that. And as for you guys saying Carlos will regress because he's leaving you, dunno where you all r from. Becks and Ruud both won LaLiga with Madrid after they left, and the only reason most of you mancs dont know what they up to is because most of you only know what happening with United in EPL, and the only time you show interest in other teams from Europe is when United play them. But all that aside, I wish Carlitos the best, and wherever he goes,I know he will make a difference. He's just that kinda player.

  • RED DEVIL 4 LIFE - 2009-05-11 13:11

    Anonymous User 5/11/2009 9:57 AM Utd loss to liverfool 2 months ago and you still talking bout it, ag shame. I know it hurts when you play some good football, but get absolutely F%kk%L. Your next post will probably be bout in 19voerst#k liverfool won this and that,blah blah blah. History lessons are all you loser scousers rubbish are good at.

  • Carlsberg - 2009-05-11 13:21

    I'm really surprised at the Man U fans who reckon Tevez should just go! He's brilliant, a real fighter who plays his absolute heart out in every match! All he wanted was a contract!! Its got nothing to do with his attitude... Criticise the baby who had a tamtrum rather.

  • Anonymous User - 2009-05-11 14:20

    to that anonymous user who is still going on about the liverpool loss...gee it really meant alot to you guys hey to still be going on about it, i never knew we were that much of a hurdle for u's.anyhoo...i think he will stay...UTD FOR LIFE!

  • Sir Alex - 2009-05-11 14:47

    @ utd till i die & Red Devil for life - if you guys say liverfool is a poor team then you dont know footy! but thanks for trying to make me feel better...though i would like to forget about the day they smashed our boys! so lets avoid the topic of ManU vs Pool please...the day old trafford became old shattered is traumatizing as it is! btw is that Nadia chick still around?? but hey let me forget about that! just now i start thinking about the vodacom challenge too where Kaizer chiefs whipped us!!

  • Anonymous User - 2009-05-11 15:19

    Rafa without any silver ware again ...Hmmm...last chance for the loserfools to catch the bus to the PLAZA ...maybe you will get lucky with some silverware there...It's time we separate the Men from the Boys... MAN UTD FOR LIFE !!!

  • United analist - 2009-05-27 09:41

    for all those who call berbatov lazy abd useless pls get your facts right he is a newcomer onto the team still getting to know how we play the game our own style, i also recall him having some great games and great touches on the field, but for every good day there is a bad day, berbatov's roll in united is not to score the goals his roll is to create them and and split the defence up, so once again know wat you are talking about... anyways this is not about berbatov, its about tevez so keep it to him. its easy to lavish praise onto someone when they do well but when they struggle to find there feet its even easier to shone them... best way to understand is to get yourself on the field and experience it 1st hand... tevez your a great player with alot of talent it will be a big loss to man united, to lose someone with great determination as yourself

  • United analist - 2009-05-27 09:43

    for all those who call berbatov lazy abd useless pls get your facts right he is a newcomer onto the team still getting to know how we play the game our own style, i also recall him having some great games and great touches on the field, but for every good day there is a bad day, berbatov's roll in united is not to score the goals his roll is to create them and and split the defence up, so once again know wat you are talking about... anyways this is not about berbatov, its about tevez so keep it to him. its easy to lavish praise onto someone when they do well but when they struggle to find there feet its even easier to shone them... best way to understand is to get yourself on the field and experience it 1st hand... tevez your a great player with alot of talent it will be a big loss to man united, to lose someone with great determination as yourself

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