Tevez rejects £1m bonus in battle to quit
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Carlos Tevez has rejected the extraordinary offer of a one-off seven-figure cash payment from Manchester City, made to him after he told the club in August that he was disillusioned with Roberto Mancini and desperate to leave.
City revealed yesterday that Tevez is already their highest paid player, with a salary of more than £200,000-a-week after tax, which eclipses even that of Yaya Toure. And, in the light of the Argentinian's demand for a transfer, the club offered even greater riches in the hope he would stay for at least one more season.
City still remain insistent he will not be allowed to leave in January, having rejected a transfer demand which he personally dictated, in Spanish, to his solicitors who faxed the club last Tuesday evening.
But the relationship between club and player seemss broken, after a day of claim and counter-claim yesterday when City pointed to the request from the player's representatives for a one-year extension -- made in October -- as evidence the saga is an attempt to negotiate a better deal.
The player's refusal of the one-off payment, which his representatives say would have put him in the same salary bracket as Real Madrid's £10m-a year Cristiano Ronaldo -- the second-best-paid footballer in the world behind David Beckham -- suggests no manner of wealth will persuade him to stay.
Chelsea, the only other possible Premier League destination for Tevez, may seek to capitalise on the player's desire to leave, though that would make a mockery of Tevez's claims that his unhappiness is borne of a separation from his two daughters who live with his estranged partner, Vanesa, in Buenos Aires.
Real Madrid seems a more likely destination. Tevez is said to be considering such a move as one of his options in the hope that Vanesa, who is Spanish-speaking, may move there with daughters Katie and Florencia.
The player's representatives say that Vanesa's loneliness in England, where she was unable to grasp the language, contributed to the breakdown in the couple's relationship.
Jose Mourinho is likely to be willing to take the Argentinian. The Real Madrid boss is desperately in need of another striker. Failing such a move, the Tevez camp say he may be prepared to return to play in Argentina, or could even retire from the game at the age of 26 if he cannot find a way of being with his daughters.
Tevez has, as City pointed out yesterday, been granted special dispensation to leave England, after his suspension from Saturday's match at Upton Park. He spent his period away at a spa facility in Italy, rather than Buenos Aires, though his representatives say that the player, who is expected back in Manchester this evening, had been granted only three days' leave -- insufficient time to fly to South America and be back in time for training.
Tevez, who has spoken repeatedly of the "hurt" he feels at being away from his daughters, also cites a mood of dislocation at City as a prime reason for wishing to move on from the club.
He complained repeatedly about Mancini's training regime last season, and his dressing-room bust-up during the win over Newcastle United in October, allied to his anger when Mancini substituted him in the 90th minute of City's win over Bolton Wanderers 10 days ago, contributed to the sense of antipathy.
The player, who is said to be furious that an extended interview he gave to the City website and in-house magazine, was released 24 hours after the Bolton incident, informed City as soon as he returned from the World Cup that he wished to leave.
The player's representatives say that City asked his agent Kia Joorabchian to talk him around and that, with only days of the transfer window left to run, he was advised it was too late to move.
The Tevez camp claim that City then offered a new contract deal. Joorabchian offered a counter offer -- it was his job to keep all options open for Tevez despite the player's avowed desire to leave -- and asked for a one-year contract extension.
In a statement last night, Tevez stressed that he had "no personal issue" with Mancini, but added -- in an indirect reference to chief executive Garry Cook -- that his "relationship with certain executives and individuals at the club has broken down and is now beyond repair."
City say that the one-off payment was a 'bonus payment' for Tevez's achievements last season. They insist they were unwilling to negotiate an improved salary as they don't sign contractual deals in mid-season -- only image rights and endorsement deals, which have taken place.
If Tevez refuses to fulfil his contract for the remainder of the season, City may have to sue him for breach of contract, which would ultimately leave him a free agent. The least they will be able to achieve is limited cooperation in return for a guaranteed departure at the end of the season.
Meanwhile, on the pitch Yaya Toure set City on their way to victory at Upton Park with a fine strike after 30 minutes. On another day he could have given away a second-half penalty, but went up the other end and fired the ball past Robert Green after it had come off the post and deflected in off the unfortunate West Ham 'keeper. Substitute Adam Johnson made it 3-0, before James Tompkins headed in a late consolation. (© Independent News Service)