Juventus director general Giuseppe Marotta has revealed that it is down to Liverpool target Carlos Tevez whether or not he signs a new contract with the Bianconeri, reports the Daily Express.
The Argentina international’s current deal ends next summer, and he has been linked with a return to his homeland with Boca Juniors reportedly keen to bring the forward back to La Bombonera, according to TalkSPORT.
It would seem that the Old Lady are not looking to offload the influential forward, with Tevez proving to be instrumental in the club’s Serie A title and Coppa Italia victories this season.
The former Manchester City hitman has scored 20 goals in 31 appearances in the Italian top flight so far this term. He has also been in magnificent form the Europe; scoring seven goals in 12 games as Juve have progressed to the Champions League final.
The Argentine will likely be a key figure in the final against Barcelona on June 6.
Marotta said: “We’ll meet with him after the Champions League final. We want him to stay, but now the ball is in his court.”
The 31-year-old has 29 goals in 46 appearances for the Turin-based side this season, and could help solve the Reds’ offensive concerns.
They struggled with goal-scoring throughout the campaign after losing Luis Suarez to Barcelona last summer. With Daniel Sturridge injured, Brendan Rodgers’s side were unable to qualify for the Champions League as a result.
The rumoured departure of Raheem Sterling this summer [via ESPN] may also weaken Liverpool’s offensive options.
However, they may find it tough to talk him out of returning to his homeland.
Last time Tevez was in the Premier League, with Manchester City, he complained of homesickness and even left the Citizens for six months to return without then manager Roberto Mancini’s permission, via the Guardian.