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Tevez resigned to long goodbye as United seek to knock 10m off price
Published : 18 May 2009 02:49:50
Sir Alex Ferguson may prove to be the only manager who was booed on the day he clinched a Premier League title, but Manchester United's intransigence over Carlos Tevez's future means that the Argentine stilllooks set to leave Old Trafford. The jeers that engulfed the stadium when Tevez was replaced byJi-sung Park with 23 minutes remaining left Ferguson in no doubt as tohow the rank and file feel about the club's failure to agree along-term contract with the South American. Nevertheless, United's attempts to knock £10million off the £25m asking price - a sum agreed when Tevez arrived at Old Trafford on loan two seasons ago - has got them nowhere with his adviser and 'owner' Kia Joorabchian and the 25-year-old's emotional walk off the field on Saturday would appear to have been his last. Ferguson said: 'Carlos has done well for us but the demands originally put to us were unrealistic. Like other clubs, we have to be aware of the consequences of the credit crunch. 'It's not a time to be careless with money. As far as Tevez is concerned, everybody would be best served by a willingness to compromise.' The only problem with Ferguson's take on the Tevez issue is that the 'unrealistic' demands he talks about were agreed to by United - and put down on paper - almost two years ago. No wonder Tevez is a little upset that United now want to change the important details. Tevez said: 'I know that I am not going to continue at Manchester United. I feel that they have lacked respect towards me. I feel I have been badly treated. 'I've been here for two years and the directors have never come to speak to me. Not once have I had a meeting with them. 'There are ways in which the club is managed that I don't understand. ‘When you don't agree with the manager in how the club is run - I don't have faith in a lot of things that happen here. Therefore, it's best that I leave the club so as not to clash with Alex Ferguson and the directors.' Tevez has been aware of his place in the affections of United supporters this season and that was only underlined again on Saturday. With interest from clubs like Manchester City, Liverpool and even Everton known to him, Tevez will perhaps care little for a suggestion by United chief executive David Gill yesterday that he should try and keep the issue out of the newspapers. Gill said: 'I don't think it is right to do these negotiations through the press. 'If he has said that, it is born out of frustration but he has got to understand, and I'm sure his advisers understand, that these are big decisions which have to be taken. 'They are large amounts of money and the timeline is perhaps not as quick as people want it to be. 'I think it is out of frustration. When I speak to him in the dressing room or at the training ground he is always very personable and friendly.' Tevez's contribution to United's cause over two seasons has been 34 goals in 98 appearances. His last game for the club could now come in next week's Champions League final.