Tevez tipped to join rival

12 May 2009 04:59
Kia Joorabchian expects Carlos Tevez to leave Manchester United in the summer and has hinted that he is likely to join another Premier League club. Tevez's two-year loan deal at Old Trafford expires at the end of the season and the Argentine announced over the weekend that he still had not been offered a permanent contract. Joorabchian has now explained that, while the striker has enjoyed his spell with the Red Devils, he is now thinking about embarking on a new challenge. "He feels there is a very big chance that his time has come to an end and it is time to move on," Joorabchian, Tevez's advisor, exclusively told Sky Sports News. "He loved his time there, he mentioned that, and the glory he has had there has been very special to him. "But the fact that they have not offered him a contract or made any effort to sign him up means that he probably has to move on and think about his own future." Tevez's recent comments have sparked speculation about where he could be plying his trade next season but Joorabchian maintains that he will keep battling as hard as he can for the United cause over the coming weeks. Joorabchian also added that Tevez's goal celebration in Sunday's Manchester United derby, when he cupped his hands behind his ears, was directed at those members of the English press that had suggested he was not a prolific scorer. He continued: "There is a lot of interest in Carlos but he has always been very focused and concentrated, for the respect of the club, the manager and the supporters he has to stay focused "As you saw on Sunday, he will work his socks off whenever he is picked and make sure he performs to his highest level." Joorabchian insists Tevez's preference would be to stay in England, although playing in the UEFA Champions League would not necessarily be a major factor in his decision. Tevez is more concerned with joining a club that has a lot of ambition and Joorabchian refused to rule out a possible move to Manchester City. He said: "Everyone wants to play in the biggest competition they can and the Champions League is the biggest, but Carlos is not the kind of person that says I have to play for this club in this situation. "What he wants to do is to go to a club that has a real ambition to be champions of England and champions of Europe. "He would have to go to a rival to achieve that target but he also understands that it is not in his control." Asked specifically about Man City, Joorabchian added: "I don't want to direct (speculation by) saying it is going to be Liverpool, City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Everton, Tottenham, Milan, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus. "At this moment in time Carlos is a Manchester United player and he is focused on staying a Manchester United player until the end of the season."

Source: SKY_Sports