Carlos Tevez wants to return to his boyhood club after he rejected a contract extension with Manchester City.
Tevez told the English media last week of his desire after spurring City’s offer of a two-year extension. The Argentine international said he wants to return to his native country and play for Boca Juniors, the club for which he began his career in 2001, when he came out of its academy at age 16.
Tevez caused a stir in 2009, when he signed a five-year, £39 million ($62.4 million) contract to come to City from rival Manchester United. Club officials rubbed salt into United fans through a poster “welcoming” Tevez to Manchester. He’s done well for City, scoring 55 goals in 93 Premier League appearances and 11 more in other competitions. But he does not want to end his career in England and return to the Argentine Primera Division.
“I want to end my career with them (Boca Juniors). It is my dream and the dream of my family as well,” said Tevez. “I would love to be playing for them against River Plate. I’d prefer that to City’s game against Fulham.”
His seriousness may have been evident late in 2011. After manager Roberto Mancini accused him of refusing to enter a Champions League match as a substitute, Tevez and his family returned to Argentina for three months. While he was in South America, City fined the striker £1.2 million ($1.9 million) and refused to pay his £200,000-a-week ($320,000) salary. Tevez returned to England in the middle of February 2012 and shortly reinstated into the City roster.
Tevez said he nearly retired while he was in Argentina. Now, he wants to go home on good terms, but he also accepted City likely would not allow his contract to expire and let him leave on a free transfer.
“I would prefer to go home, but it is very difficult because City won’t let me go for nothing,” said Tevez. City got Tevez on a free transfer after his contract with United expired.