Manchester City reject Carlos Tevez’s transfer request
Homesick striker told to ride out his contract
Manchester City have rebuffed a written transfer request from Carlos Tevez, voicing their ‘disappointment’ with his infamous agent Kia Joorabchian
It’s believed the 26-year-old striker, who’s made no secret of his homesickness, wants out of England in order to be closer to his two daughters in Argentina. However, City have waved away the demand, claiming the player’s agent is simply trying to orchestrate a Rooney-style pay rise.
Meanwhile, reports over the weekend have suggested Tevez is in fact the highest paid footballer in Europe, collecting a staggering £286,000 (TWO HUNDRED AND EIGHTY-SIX THOUSAND POUNDS) a week, tax free.
City released this statement yesterday morning:
It is with disappointment that we confirm to our supporters that Carlos Tevez has submitted a written transfer request. The club can also confirm that the request has been rejected. The club remains disappointed by this situation and particularly with the actions of Carlos’ representative.
Roberto Mancini and all at the club have shown, and will continue to show, sensitivity to Carlos’s personal circumstances including the issue of his family being based overseas. Indeed following his suspension as a result of the game against Bolton, Carlos requested, and was given, special dispensation by the manager to take leave overseas.
The written transfer request is in stark contrast to Carlos’ stated position in both public and club contexts. Significantly, over recent months, the club has also received numerous requests from Carlos’ representative to renegotiate and improve his playing contract as well as more recently a request to extend that contract by another year.
However, in line with the club’s policy of not negotiating playing contracts mid-season this has not been granted. Carlos’ current five-year contract has three and a half years to run and he is the highest paid player at the Manchester City football club.
This is both an unfortunate and unwelcome distraction and the club will remain focused on the games ahead in what is turning out to be a very promising season. The door remains open for Carlos to be selected to play.
In a twist to the story, despite claims the striker is angling for a wage hike, over the weekend former Man City forward Rodney Marsh revealed he had been informed by a well-placed club source that Tevez was already the highest paid footballer in Europe – raking in some £286,000 p/w.
As if the Argentinean’s fractured relationship with manager Roberto Mancini wasn’t bad enough, he’s now at odds with the entire club.
What happens next for Carlos Tevez?