Carlos Tevez sees his two-year loan contract at Manchester United come to an end today – but it would appear he does not wish to leave Old Trafford quietly.
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The Argentina international is expected to join neighbours Manchester City in search of first-team football having grown tired of playing second fiddle to transfer-deadline day capture Dimitar Berbatov– a key factor in his decision to snub a five-year contract to stay with the Premier League champions.
The former West Ham favourite believes the outcome of the Champions League humbling by Barcelona in Roma in May would have been different had he started, rather than being given the unenviable task of saving the final with the team 1–0 down when he was thrown on in the second half.
“You cannot argue with Alex Ferguson,” he said. “He is like the president of England. It is impossible. You always lose. But he made a mistake to leave me on the bench. That was the only final the team had lost since I had been at Manchester United.”
Tevez says he has no regrets over his decision to ask to leave United because of the “pain” and “sadness” he suffered warming the substitutes’ bench.
“My family knows how much I suffered at United. I could not arrive home after a match or a training session and forget my pain. It was not good and I transmitted all my sadness to them.”
Ferguson, whose praise of Tevez was limited to the crowd favourite being branded a “trier”, will assess his attacking options when he returns to Carrington this week. The Scot has been credited with an interest in Karim Benzema of Lyon, Franck Ribery of Bayern Munich and Antonio Valencia of Wigan and it seems a good football bet that he’ll capture one of them in the near future.
Nick Walsh writes features and betting previews for Betfair.