Monday 16 December 2019

City blow as family values prompt Tevez transfer request

Mark Ogden

Carlos Tevez wants to quit Manchester City. The Blues skipper informed the club of his intentions last night in a short statement that cited a desire to be closer to daughters Katie and Florencia.

So far, the club have not responded and attempts to speak with Tevez will be complicated due to his present commitment to Argentina at the Copa America.

"It is with great regret that I have to inform Manchester City of my wish to leave the club," he said.

Tevez has travelled down this path once already, when he expressed a wish to leave in December. On that occasion, he was talked round by manager Roberto Mancini and owner Sheikh Mansour.

He ended up completing the season and skippering City to their FA Cup final win over Stoke, their first trophy since 1976. This time will be far harder, if not impossible.

Logistics mean Tevez's trusted advisor Kia Joorabchian has to be the immediate point of contact and his frosty relationship with City chief executive Garry Cook is bound to be a handicap.

Just as importantly, Tevez has seemingly left no room for manoeuvre by expanding on his thoughts in such a fulsome manner.

"I hope that the people understand the difficult circumstances I have been living under the past 12 months, in regards to my family," he added.

"Living without my children in Manchester has been incredibly challenging for me. Everything I do, I do for my daughters, Katie and Florencia. I need to be closer to them and to spend more time with them. I need them to be happy because my life is about them now." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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