Carlos Tevez casts fresh doubt over his Man City future
Manchester City captain says he needs time to "clear his head" before deciding on his future at Eastlands
Skipper Carlos Tevez refused to commit his long-term future to Manchester City after helping them beat Stoke City 1-0 in the FA Cup final on Saturday.
The former Manchester United forward is expected to leave the Premier League in the summer but City are understood to want at least £50m for their skipper.
Tevez admitted he may be forced to leave City for family reasons, and said he needs time to “clear his head” after Saturday’s FA Cup triumph.
“It’s difficult to be far from my daughters,” Tevez told El Mundo. “I will think hard about what is best for me, first I want to clear my head,
“I’m very well, very calm, but l also want to make it clear that I have no problem with the board, nor with Roberto [Mancini]. As there has been a lot of talk that I have a problem with Roberto, I want to clear that up.”
The Argentina international added: “If I stay at City I have to start thinking about what I can bear and it’s very difficult, that’s the truth.”
City’s director of football, Brian Marwood, has urged the 27-year-old forward to consider staying at the City of Manchester Stadium.
“I just hope Carlos reflects on the season, reflects on yesterday, reflects on the fact we are going to be playing Champions League football and thinks: ‘this is something I want to be part of’,” he told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Sportsweek programme.
“That is up to Carlos to think through in the summer. You would like to think Manchester City is going to be an interesting place over the next few years.
“Carlos asked for a transfer in January and the club refused that. He is a massive player for us. He is our captain, he is our top goalscorer. Everyone can see that when he steps over that white line he gives everything.
“He came into the final yesterday having just recovered from a very nasty hamstring injury but once again showed great leadership qualities.”