Will Carlos Tevez be a Manchester City player next season? With the summer transfer window just around the corner, the rumour mill has already started to turn, and Manchester City has taken their customary place in the midst of it.
It seems that Carlos Tevez, City's captain and last year's joint top-scorer in the Premier League with 21 goals, will again be a main player in this summer's media merry-go-round.
No transfer window seems to go by without a Tevez scandal. This weekend brought about a new twist when Tevez was quoted on an Argentine talk show as saying he would “never go back to Manchester, not for nothing."
He was referring to whether he would return after actually leaving the club, not whether he had already played his last game with them.
The biggest problem with Tevez is that his two daughters and wife—Katia, Florencia, and Vanesa, respectively—live in his native Argentina.
It is plain to see that Tevez is a family man; he lives for them and is happier when they are around. There have been times where it has looked that his family would move to Manchester with him, but it seems he and his wife are reluctant to do so. Tevez’s English is poor, and it would seem that he would rather his children be brought up in his homeland or another Spanish speaking country.
That being said, the striker's agent, Kia Joorabchain, said last week that his client would stay at Eastlands if he could resolve his family issues, i.e. persuade his wife to move to Manchester.
Why she wouldn't leave the balmy temperatures of Buenos Aires to live in the rain-soaked city of Manchester I will never know!
Personally, I think that Carlos Tevez will be at the club next season, and he will lead them into their first-ever Champions League campaign. However, I seem to be in the minority.
With Real Madrid and Inter Milan lurking, they could make a bid for ‘El Apache’ at any time. It was reported last week, however, that Tevez had turned down a move to Juventus.
There are two reasons I feel Tevez will still be in Manchester come September 1st:
First, a player of Tevez’s calibre will fetch a sum in the region of £50million; there are only a handful of teams in world football who can afford him. And with cheaper, younger options available, he maybe simply be overlooked.
Secondly, his wages. He is on mega-bucks at City and teams are going to have to pay through the nose for his services.
The only side that Tevez wants to play for is Boca Juniors; he is a "boy of the barrios" and he loves the club for which began his career. He will return there one day, but it won't be this summer. They can’t afford him; it's as simple as that.
Carlos Tevez WILL be in the sky blue of Manchester City next season. He is a hero at the club and always will be after skippering the side to their first major success in 35 years.
How much longer beyond next season he will remain at City, though, is anyone’s guess.