Tevez tells Man City he wants to leave for Boca… now champions could sell him before contract expires next summer
09:25 GMT, 20 January 2013
19:29 GMT, 20 January 2013
Carlos Tevez intends to leave Manchester City after his contract expires in 18 months’ time to return to Argentina.
The Argentina international wants to see out his current deal at the Etihad before moving back to his homeland to play for his boyhood club Boca Juniors.
The 28-year-old striker played his way back into Roberto Mancini’s plans after a self-imposed exile last season, but has said it would be a dream to return to Boca.
Homeward bound: Carlos Tevez would like to leave Manchester City for Boca Juniors
Tevez stated that he would have preferred to be playing for Boca against River Plate rather than turning out for City's clash with Fulham yesterday.
In an interview in Argentina, Tevez said: ‘I’ve got a year left on my contract at Manchester City and they want me to sign for two more seasons.
‘I would prefer to return home, but it is very difficult because City won’t let me leave for nothing.
‘I will stay in Europe for another two years and then go back.
‘Boca’s president always says the door is open for me to rejoin them and I am dying to pull on their shirt once more.
‘I want to end my career with them. It is my dream and the dream of my family as well. I would love to be playing for them against River Plate. I’d prefer that to City’s game against Fulham.
‘But I am under contract and have to be here in England.’
The diminutive striker joined City from bitter rivals United in 2009 and instantly became a fans’ favourite.
But he put his City career on ice after a dispute on the substitutes’ bench in a Champions League group match against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena.
Tevez left Manchester for Argentina, incurring the wrath of his manager and the City fans. But now he says he has patched things up with Mancini and City's fans since the spat which resulted in him missing six months of City's title-winning season.
He added: ‘I almost retired last year. I had lost the desire to play and spent time crying alone in my room.
Off you come: Tevez was replaced by compatriot Sergio Aguero (right) during City's 2-0 win over Fulham
Digging deep: Tevez has battled to win the Manchester City fans back
'Bad things happened one after the other. I was knocked out of the Copa America with Argentina and I had my dispute with Roberto Mancini.
'I suffered psychologically. I did not want anything more to do with football.
'I am much better now. I am winning people over because I began the new season well.
'Although my form dipped, I am on my way back. I have lost weight and I can run faster.
'I still don’t like being substituted. I am a hot-blooded individual, but at least I now understand the manager’s reasons.
'In the past I used to call him [Mancini] every name under the sun, but now I understand he does it for the good of the team.'
Class: Tevez laid off David Silva to set up the Spaniard's second of the match
Tevez, who showe a deft touch to lay off David Silva's second goal against Fulham, has twice stated that he would like to leave the club in the past.
City rejected a transfer request from the former West Ham striker in December 2010, and Tevez handed in another one in the summer of 2011.
But Tevez has always had a soft spot for Boca, the Buenos Aires club who signed him as a youngster in 2001, and has made no secret of his desire to retire at the club in the past.