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Tevez points the finger at Cook
Published : 14 Dec 2010 09:39:49Rss feed
| Submit Comments| Comments (77)| Printable Version1/1Play SlideshowClose MapCarlos Tevez?s advisers have claimed his beef with City is down to chief executive Garry Cook?s failure to come good on ?written assurances?. The Argentine striker?s advisers have refused to reveal the nature of the assurances, saying they are private and confidential. But it appears that they refer to an enhanced boot deal and other commercial remuneration. However, the claim is just one of several factors contributing to the player?s unhappiness at City. His people say Tevez does not feel City is a happy place to work, and that he wants a move to Spain in the hope of persuading his estranged wife Vanesa to move there with his daughters so he can be a bigger part of their life. He has also had professional differences with manager Roberto Mancini, although that has not been a major reason for his desire to leave. City officials believe Tevez?s people are putting out mixed messages, something which the player?s advisers refute. The club says it is sympathetic to Tevez?s family situation, and has bent over backwards to help him, allowing him time to travel back to Argentina when mutually convenient. If Tevez is so keen to be close to his girls, he would be after a move to Boca Juniors, but that is out of the question because they do not pay anything like the wages of European clubs. There is also the fact that, given a long weekend off, Tevez flew to the beaches of Tenerife rather than to Buenos Aires. Tevez?s statement released on Sunday night said that he has issues with certain executives and individuals, which appeared to be a shot at chief executive Cook and football administrator Brian Marwood. Question That now appears to have been narrowed down to chief executive Cook, but it still poses the question of what the fall-out was about. City have made the point that Tevez and Cook would not normally deal with each other, unless in matters of a financial nature, which backs up their view that the whole problem is about money. Tevez?s people have ridiculed that view, saying the fall-out was clearly not a face-to-face affair, but had been through the medium of the Argentine?s advisor Kia Joorabchian. Tevez?s camp have made it plain that the player?s problem with Cook was not a personal one, but because the chief executive failed to give him certain ?assurances?. The upshot from Tevez?s camp is that the player is now unhappy at City and wants to go, although they have denied he ever said he would walk out and played his last game for the club, as reported elsewhere. They say the situation with his daughters is a major factor, and Tevez feels that if he moves to a Spanish-speaking country ? clearly Spain ? he has a chance of persuading his estranged wife to move there. The central figure in all this is Joorabchian, whom City believe is behind the whole affair. Joorabchian denies that emphatically, claiming he is acting on Tevez?s wishes. The former car salesman, who also advises former City boss Mark Hughes, has made a pretty penny out of Tevez, taking cuts from his moves from Corinthians to West Ham, to United and thence to City. While he stays with the Blues, Arsenal fan Joorabchian makes nothing out of him, and that has inspired the belief at City that Joorabchian is behind Tevez?s sudden desire to leave. He has also been trying to ride the Blues gravy train in other ways, seeking to get involved in the Robinho deal and the aborted Kaka move, after which Cook said City ?did not need and did not seek? his help. Joorabchian and his ilk like to oil the wheels of the transfer merry-go-round, because the faster it goes, the better the spin-offs. The problem City face is that Tevez is very loyal to Joorabchian, who he credits with turning him from a poverty-stricken kid from Buenos Aires into a multi-millionaire. That kind of debt goes a long way on the mean streets of Fort Apache. Tevez?s retort that he had asked to leave in August, and had been offered a new contract, was utterly refuted by City, who have a strict policy of not renegotiating deals during the season. The Blues say there were some talks in August about a boot deal and other commercial agreements, but not a playing contract, and that there had been no intimation from Tevez that he wanted to leave. Suspended ?There has been no expression from Carlos, to anyone at City, that he wanted to leave in the summer. We totally reject the claim that he told us he wanted to leave in August,? an insider told M.E.N. Sport. But it is difficult to discern what Tevez will get out of this sorry affair. He is already possibly the world?s highest-paid player ? one thing to emerge from the manoeuvring of the last three days is that he gets a staggering £230,000 a week. He also has a manager who has allowed him to fly back to see his family whenever it has been possible, and gave him an extra day off after he was suspended following a booking for kicking the ball away. There was also a suggestion that Tevez had had enough of living in England, although that seems to have become a disenchantment of living in Manchester. That appeared to suggest Tevez was considering a move to Chelsea, the only club in this country who could feasibly afford him. But his people have ruled out any move to the Londoners, and say the player is instead intent on heading to a Spanish-speaking country. City fans have also been puzzled by what seems to be a quick turnaround for someone who recently moved into a new house in Mottram St Andrew with a longer deal, signing for two years with an option for a third. It would also be a strange U-turn from the man who invited the club website?s cameras into his home, and talked freely about his future at City just three weeks ago. There were no guns held to his head to conduct that interview, and any suggestions he was forced to do it do not ring true to anyone who has asked Tevez for a few words.