'I’m never going back to Manchester' says Tevez in astonishing attack on the city - Exclusive
Published 23:02 04/06/11 By Simon Mullock
Carlos Tevez has launched a vitriolic attack on Manchester – and admitted that he can’t wait to quit the city.
The Argentine striker, who became the star of the iconic ‘Welcome to Manchester’ poster when he quit United for City two years ago, has risked alienating fans of both clubs by claiming their city has “nothing”.
Tevez, back in Buenos Aires after captaining City to their first trophy triumph in 35 years three weeks ago when they beat Stoke in the FA Cup Final at Wembley, is currently deciding whether to leave Eastlands despite still having three years left on his contract.
He has hinted recently that he wants to stay – but his comments on an Argentine talk show will not go down well with Mancunians proud of their city’s heritage and culture.
Tevez was being interviewed by Susana Gimenez – Argentina’s equivalent of Oprah Winfrey – when he was informed that South American model Evangelina Anderson has just bought a villa in Marbella.
His response was: “Yes but Marbella is different from Manchester. You can buy a holiday house in Marbella, but I’m never going back to Manchester, not even on holiday, not for anything.
“Of course I would buy a house in Marbella.
“The weather, everything. Manchester has nothing.
“For example in Marbella you can buy a house by the beach, relax there and later you can go there on holiday and everything.
“But a house in Manchester? On top of that a house in Manchester costs six or seven million pounds. Pounds!
“It’s better to rent and that’s that.”
Susana said “It’s very expensive there” and Tevez replied: “It’s another world.”
Tevez, 26, demanded a transfer in January only to withdraw his request after being told by City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak that he was not for sale.
But he continues to miss his daughters Katia and Florencia, who live in Argentina with his estranged wife Vanesa.
And despite sharing the Premier League golden boot with Dimitar Berbatov after scoring 21 goals for City last season, the club have been expecting their captain to once again ask to leave.
Tevez added: “I don’t have any new friends in Manchester. I am always with my family and lifelong friends. I don’t even leave my house. I’m the stay-at-home type.
“When I have my dad and friends over we have a barbecue, we have fun. But I’m always on my own, especially in the last few months. I was with friends, but I’ve found the past few months very hard.”
On Friday, Tevez’s agent Kia Joorabchian insisted that Tevez could stay with the Blues.
Joorabchian said: “I think it all boils down to his family. If they feel comfortable about moving to Manchester then there’s every chance he will stay at Manchester.”