Argentine’s wage demands against PSG’s ‘philosophy’.
Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez almost joined PSG last January but his wage demands proved too steep for the mega-rich French club.
Tevez was desperate to leave the Etihad last season, after a serious bust-up with boss Roberto Mancini saw the Argentinian spend four months in self-imposed exile in Buenos Aires.
Billionaire PSG chairman Nasser al-Khelaifi was ready to offer Tevez an escape route but the 28-year-old’s wage demands put off the Parisians.
“If the transfer was not sorted out, it was not because he didn’t want to come, but because we didn’t accept his wage demands,” Al-Khelaif is quoted as saying by Goal.com.
“He wanted to come. We don’t pay too big wages to our players. Last winter Carlos Tevez asked too much and didn’t match the club’s philosophy. So we refused.”
Al-Khelaifi’s comments will come as surprise, given the Quatari has helped PSG finance big-money moves for AC Milan duo Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva, and Brazilian Lucas Moura.
Al-Khelafi also defended the amount the club spends on wages, after Bayern Munich chief-executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said that Ibrahimovic’s wages gave him a ‘stomach ache’.
“If Karl Heinze Rummenigge is sick with the wages we offer, he should go and meet a doctor,” Al-Khelaifi added.
“We take big care of our expenses. For example, Thiago Silva does not earn one more cent than what he earned at AC Milan. To me, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the best forward in the world.”
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