It’ll be on the back page on tomorrow’s News Of The World in the UK, but it’s all over Twitter right now: Carlos Tevez has reportedly handed in a written transfer request to Manchester City, citing Roberto Mancini’s negative playing style as one of his reasons for wanting out. Homesickness and an increasing disillusionment with football are other reasons. The revelation comes days after Tevez told newspapers, ‘I want to see out the remaining 3 1/2 years of my contract,’ in what now looks like a highly stage-managed press appearance.
When Tevez – suspended for today’s 3-1 win against his old club West Ham United – left Manchester United to travel across the city he cited his daughters’ education in Manchester as a major reason for his wanting to stay in the region, but the Argentine press have always taken for granted – and reported, without Tevez contradicting them – that his daughters have always lived in Buenos Aires with their mother. As well as that perhaps ill-advised manoeuvring, Tevez and compatriot Javier Mascherano also engineered their joint move away from Corinthians to West Ham after the 2006 World Cup by very publicly and deliberately falling out with the board. This latest move smacks of Tevez’s advisor Kia Joorabchian once again having too much of a say, but for those mutterings of early retirement.
This being Carlos Tevez, City will probably tie him down to a 20-year contract on £1million per week before Monday lunchtime, but for the next few days, don’t take anything for granted…
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