The Carlos Tevez, will he stay or will he go saga, took another turn today as the Manchester City captain has declared that he wants to leave the club to be closer to his young family back in Argentina.
This is the second time that the former Manchester Utd striker has submitted a transfer request to leave City. In December he declared that he wanted to leave only to have a last minute change of heart.
His long term future at City has always been the subject of speculation yet Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has always expressed confidence that Tevez would stay, who has three years left on his contract.
In a statment released by Tevez he confirmed that he wants to leave the club “”It is with great regret that I have to inform Manchester City of my wish to leave the club,” he said.
“I would like to state that I have great respect for the club, its supporters and the owner, Sheikh Mansour, who has been nothing other than respectful to me.
“I hope that the people understand the difficult circumstances I have been living under the past 12 months, in regards to my family.
“Living without my children in Manchester has been incredibly challenging for me.
“Everything I do, I do for my daughters, Katie and Florencia. I need to be closer to them and to spend more time with them.
“I need them to be happy because my life is about them now. I need to be in a place where they can adapt.
“Being captain of Manchester City, qualifying for the Champions League, winning the FA Cup and finishing as top-scorer last season has made me very proud.
“I hope that most of the City fans will understand that I have given them my all on the pitch and that my dedication to the City cause has been 100% on the pitch.
“I hope I have done my bit to help City continue their progress towards their ambition to be champions of England and to advance in the Champions League.I have no doubt that the players and management of City will achieve great success in the future.”
The news that Tevez wants to leave Eastlands comes hot on the heels of the arrival of Gael Clichy who arrived from Arsenal yesterday.