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Carlos Tevez snubbed by AC Milan

13 Dec 2010 19:45:39

Carlos Tevez snubbed by AC Milan

AC Milan have become the first major club to rule themselves out of bidding for Manchester City's wantaway striker Carlos Tevez. The Argentina star has had a transfer request turned down by the Barclays Premier League's rich kids but his exit seems inevitable. Milan, who currently boast former City target Zlatan Ibrahimovic in their ranks, are on the lookout for a new forward in January after Filippo Inzaghi was ruled out for the season through injury. Hitman: Carlos Tevez will attract attention from a host of leading sides         HAVE YOUR SAY...     Who do you blame over Tevez's fight to quit Manchester City? Carlos Tevez has rocked Manchester City by handing in a transfer request at Eastlands. The striker claims he is homesick and that he has fallen out with City chiefs, while the club insist they have done everything to help their captain. So, who do you think is at fault for the dramatic developments? TELL US WHAT YOU THINK But San Siro chief executive Adriano Galliani said: 'Tevez is great but Milan can't make an investment like that. If we find a forward who looks like a Milan player we will take him, otherwise we'll stay like this.' Galliani added that City's Mario Balotelli, a confessed Milan fan who came through at Inter Milan, was beyond their reach given that he only arrived in England in August. Tevez, who could walk away from football if City insist on holding him to his three-and-a-half-year contract, said he had spent 'many hours thinking it through' and admitted he had wanted to go last summer. He said that he has rejected a new contract and insisted his desire to leave is 'not about money'. On Sunday night, Chelsea, with a new transfer budget for manager Carlos Ancelotti, were believed to be monitoring the situation. City had earlier attacked Tevez's mentor Kia Joorabchian. They say Tevez is the highest paid player at the club and claim he is being influenced to leave. That provoked an angry reaction from Tevez. 'I have not been influenced by anyone else in making this decision,' he said. 'It is something I have felt for some time and have spent many hours thinking this through. 'I wanted to leave in the summer, but was influenced then and convinced to return to the club. Sadly, my feelings have not changed. I hugely resent the management's suggestions that I have been unduly influenced by others. 'I am disappointed that the management should now see fit to try to portray the situation in another light. My relationship with certain executives and individuals at the club has broken down and is now beyond repair. I do not wish to expand on this at this stage. They know, because I have told them.' Tevez thanked the fans for their support during his time at the club, adding: 'Since signing for Manchester city, I have enjoyed playing for the supporters. They have welcomed me to the club and I regret that it has come to this. They deserve success as reward for their passionate and patient support. The club is very fortunate to have supporters like this 'Anybody who has watched me play for Manchester City, cannot question my commitment and passion for the club whenever I have worn the shirt.' Hitman: Carlos Tevez will attract attention from a host of leading sides Tevez, who informed the club of his decision last Wednesday, continued: 'I can confirm I have handed a transfer request to the chairman of Manchester City Football Club. And now I need to clear my head and think because this is an important part of my career. My feelings have not changed and it is regrettable we have reached this situation. Leading by example? Tevez was handed the captaincy at the start of the season - but has revealed he wanted to leave the club back in the summer 'I could have signed an improved contract, offered by the club for this season, however this decision is not about money. I have made that clear to both the board and the management on several occasions.' City deny his version of events relating to his contract offer. He continued: 'The owner has been very generous with what he has offered to me. I would like to thank the owner Sheik Mansour for his understanding and support.' In a surprising move, Tevez supportedmanager Roberto Mancini and said: 'I wish to clarify that I have no personal issue with the manager.' With Mancini in Italy to visit his father and undergo some minor medical treatment on his eye, the City manager was being kept informed of developments by his coaching staff. One of the things he is considering in the short-term is whether to relieve Tevez of the captaincy. In the longer term, City have rejected Tevez's request and insist he won't be sold when the transfer window opens in January. The club feel it is Joorabchian who is driving the matter, though, and came out fighting on Sunday. A City statement said: 'The club remain disappointed and particularly with the actions of Carlos' representative. The written transfer request is in stark contrast to Carlos' stated position in public. 'Significantly, over recent months, the club has also received numerous requests from Carlos' representativeto renegotiate and improve his playing contract as well as more recently a request to extend that contract by another year. This has notbeen granted. He is the highest paid player at the club.'  Why I'm going: Carlos Tevez blames Manchester City chiefs for decision to moveMARTIN SAMUEL: There's only Chelsea left for Carlos Tevez if he stays in England...What will he Cook up next? Tevez in yet another transfer mysteryCarlos Tevez hands in transfer request as Manchester City vow to fight and keep their star man  Explore more:People: Carlos Tevez, Roberto Mancini Places: Milan, Argentina, Italy, United Kingdom Organisations: Manchester City Football Club


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