Tevez: I wish Rooney had quit United to join me at City
Published 23:00 08/11/10 By David McDonnell
Carlos Tevez says he has no regrets about leaving Manchester United and says he wished Wayne Rooney had also defected to City.
Rooney eventually signed a new five-year deal with United after being courted by City during his contract stand-off at Old Trafford.
And on the eve of tomorrow’s Manchester derby, Tevez said he would love to have teamed up with Rooney again at City.
“I made the change and so far I’m not sorry,” said Tevez. “As players we are professionals and we have to make decisions that are right for us.
“But I also realise many people may not have understood my decision. All I can do is concentrate on my game and play well for City. And at the minute it is going well for me.
“Wayne is a player of great quality. He was a team-mate and a friend of mine at United and he’s one of those men that is better to have on your team than against you.
“For me he is the best English striker of recent years. I would have liked him to come here, of course. But it was complicated for him to leave United. So we have to concentrate on our own game.”
Even without Rooney, currently at a U.S. training camp recovering from injury, Tevez said he expects a tough challenge against United, who have won five of the last six meetings with City.
“Any battle against the United defence is never easy,” said Tevez. “It’s a big challenge.
“But at City we’re not obsessed by United. Our challenge is just to improve on last year and by doing that perhaps we can overtake our neighbours. That’s our aim.”