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Manchester City's Argentine striker Carlos Tevez ended last season not wanting to be in Manchester and then spent the entire summer trying to engineer a transfer away from Manchester, yet he begins the new season still in Manchester.
Tevez's desire not to spend another season with the Citizens is apparently a result of his wife's dislike of England, a place he doesn't seem overly fond of himself if reports over the summer are to be believed.
Over the summer, Tevez has been linked to Real Madrid and has also been the subject of numerous reported offers from Inter Milan, who are rumoured to have offered a swap deal including Dutch superstar Wesley Sneijder as late as last week before City filled their need for a creative midfielder by signing Samir Nasri from Arsenal.
The closest Tevez appears to have come to leaving City was when they agreed a deal which would have seen him heading to Brazil for a second spell with Corinthians. The deal collapsed after Corinthians decided that the transfer fee and Tevez's desired salary would be too much of a financial burden on the club.
One of the reasons for City's failure to sell Tevez has been the high transfer fee they are demanding, rumoured to be in the £35-40million range. While Tevez is arguably worth that in today's market, no club was willing to pay it, and City would have been better served loaning him out to a Spanish, Italian or South American club if it meant facilitating his wish not to remain in English football.
Instead, they are now stuck with an unhappy player who does not want to play for their club, and although I have no doubts that he will give his all for the cause every time he takes the field, the off-field effect of having an unhappy player in the dressing room could spread onto the pitch and cause discontent.