Carlos Tevez can have a free ticket to anywhere in the world. On me. Not quite literally, my funds unfortunately don’t quite stretch that far but if I was to win the lottery tomorrow, moving him as far away from England as possible would be high on my agenda. Why has a man, who became a cult hero for three Premiership sides, turned into someone who attracts more hatred than Rebecca Black’s ‘song’ Friday. In fact I’d rather listen to a whole album of her singing on repeat than watch Tevez play football again.
- The future looks bleak for Tevez
His career in England started so well, if not without controversy. Signed by West Ham in 2006, the club were then fined a Premier League record £5.5million over claims of third-party ownership. In all honesty, this fee was worth every penny to the club, as Tevez hit 6 goals in 9 games to save the Hammers from the drop and doom Sheffield United, something Neil Warnock has never forgotten. A move then followed to Manchester United; a spell that in all fairness never quite hit the heights it should have. Fergie’s reluctance to offer Tevez a permanent contract ended with a bitter dispute between the two parties, before the first real signs of Carlos’s petulant manner came into public light. Signing for the blue half of Manchester infuriated United’s fans who were so keen to see him signed up, a situation further inflamed by the unveiling of the infamous ‘Welcome to Manchester’ billboard. His first season was an unqualified success, bagging 25 goals in all competitions, winning the Player of the Year award in the process. Fans adored him; evidence of the success the Arab millions were building and Mancini handed him the captain’s armband, further proof of his growing influence within the dressing room. Tevez became more and more crucial to the City cause, indeed he won games single-handedly in a side that struggled to score goals. Problems were mounting though, asking the club to renegotiate his contract for, believe it or not, an improvement on his pittance of a salary, a reported £250,000 a week. And footballers have a reputation for being greedy? This lead to a transfer request after relations with “certain executives” at the club “broke down beyond repair”. Given his form, City executives swiftly rejected this demand, prompting a U-turn from Carlos after ‘clear-the-air’ talks. The uncertainty surrounding his future continued throughout the season, despite him captaining the Blues to their first major trophy in 35 years.
Then the real drama unfolded. An appearance on an Argentinean chat show resulted in strong criticisms of the city of Manchester itself, calling it ‘small and wet,’ bemoaning the fact it only had ‘2 restaurants,’ and revealing he wouldn’t even ‘return there on holiday,’ stating that he believed Marbella was a better destination. Really Carlos? He also claimed he had no friends, something that is rather more believable. Failing to seal a move out of the club after City slapped a £50million price tag on him, a move to Corinthians fell through at the last moment. Family reasons were now the reasoning behind his desired exit from the Etihad Stadium, stating a desire to be closer to his family back in Argentina, though he seemed prepared to consider a move to Milan or Madrid, two cities only marginally closer to his homeland. Whilst people can sympathise with personal issues, understanding for Carlos’s cause is running rather thin, everyone can see through his poorly veiled excuses, especially given his recent behaviour. The unsavoury incident in Munich left a sour taste in everyone’s mouths and his refusal to warm up and come off the bench will have put off any potential January suitors. Suspended for two weeks, Tevez is now training with the reserves having annoyed all team-mates along with the rest of the footballing world. He has now stayed in Argentina after the international break, refusing to attend his own disciplinary hearing.
It is tricky to know what to do. With a doubt, Tevez cannot stay at City. Relationships have been damaged beyond repair but who will take him? West Ham put in a loan offer for him, as did Limavady United of the Irish second division, which was unsurprisingly refused. Madrid don’t need him, Inter can’t afford him and AC don’t want him. It is looking increasingly like one of the South American sides will have to take him off City’s hands, more than likely at a fraction of his true value. There is no doubt Tevez is a great player, perhaps even world-class, but his reputation has been savaged in the public storm over his recent actions and he is now seriously damaged goods. There must be a temptation to stick him in the reserves for the rest of his career, no less than he would deserve, but quite frankly, Carlos Tevez just needs shipping out as soon as possible. Please.