Monday 19 March 2018

Manchester City striker Carlos Tévez says strike has become 'comical'

MANCHESTER City's striking striker Carlos Tévez has branded his stand-off with the club as 'comical' but blamed City for failing to find a buyer for him.

Tévez has not played for Roberto Mancini's team since September 2011 and is thought to have lost out on almost £10m because of his strike.

In an interview with German magazine Kicker, Tévez bemoaned his situation and said his future in the game has been left uncertain.

"I just see I think the whole situation has become almost comical," he said. "I wanted to leave City and had offers from clubs in other leagues, both Italian and Spanish.

"But in the end it all collapsed because City wouldn't accept any of the offers.

"They say at City that I cost them a lot of money and so they don't want to give me away on the cheap.

But they don't want to loan me out, either. I really have no idea what will happen in the coming months.

"I sent City a letter in which I told them why I wanted to go. In the last few days I've also contacted the Premier League to appeal against the fine which City have imposed on me.

"I'm waiting now for an answer from the Premier League. Going to the League is the only option I've got right now.

Tévez had been expected to leave Manchester in the January transfer window but proposed moves to Paris St Germain and AC Milan fell through.

"There were offers from Milan, from Inter and from Paris Saint-Germain. But each time nothing came of them," Tévez said.

"But certainly there were interested people who wanted to see me playing football again.

"Everyone has to do what works for them. Barcelona are a fantastic club, and La Liga a fabulous championship. But what happened, happened.

"There is also a personal aspect to all this. I wanted to be closer to my family, above all my children who are and were in Argentina.

"And because I couldn't play any longer at City I took control of the situation myself."

Tévez surprisingly appeared to be open to a reconciliation with City, and insisted that despite his decision to go on strike he was still keen to play football.

"That's [talking to Mancini] something I would have to discuss with City's directors. Let's see what happens."

"Of course, what I want is to be playing football.

"But the way things are I have to make do with playing golf or making appearances like this coming Saturday, at the farewell match of my old friend Martin Palermo."

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