This isn’t the first time he’s overtly stated a desire to relocate. December last year witnessed the first declaration of unhappiness from Tevez, in the form of a written transfer request. Citing a desire to be nearer his family in Argentina he seemed unwilling to negotiate his position. At the time he was arguably one of City’s best performers, but after prompt discussions - and in a situation that mirrored Wayne Rooney’s at Manchester United - Tevez agreed a new improved contract to compensate his supposed despondent feelings.
It’s difficult not to hold a cynical opinion in regards to Tevez actions. In what seemed another case of footballer gone greedy, his financially abundant club, were more than happy to meet his demands, the fire appeared quenched. His season ended on a high, collecting an FA Cup winners medal and sharing the Golden Boot with Dimitar Berbatov.
Whilst on a chat show, Tevez criticized the surroundings of Manchester, and subsequently the lifestyle he was forced to live. The clip was broadcast around the world with his final statement a blunt admission of his intentions; “I will not return to Manchester, not for a vacation, not for ANYTHING”-The shock reverberated around one half of Manchester. As speculation into where he would go next began, with Tevez focused on more pressing matters in his homeland.
The Copa America was next on his calendar. Back on home soil, an expectant Argentina hoped they would claim the trophy and assert dominance over the region. However, a series of mediocre performances ended with a penalties defeat to (the eventual winners) ten-man Uruguay in the quarterfinals.
With no offers forthcoming, Tevez was forced to return. In the meantime Manchester City had engaged a contingency plan. In acquiring his international colleague Sergio ‘Kun’ Aguero for around 35 million, they gained a player arguably more technically refined than Tevez, but lacking his mammoth work ethic. Of course comparisons between the two are somewhat lame. Apart from their shared diminutive stature and nationality, the two are very different players.
Having finally arrived at City’s training ground Carrington this week, Tevez future still seems in doubt. Inter Milan are unlikely to fund a deal unless Wesley Sneijder or Samuel Eto’o depart. With Sneijder’s proposed move to rivals Manchester United still some way off, it seems Eto’o’s potential move to Russia is Tevez only hope. Throughout this entire mini soap-opera his managers stance has not altered, he wants Tevez to stay.
In the broader picture, Tevez is learning a lesson that has not changed since the beginning of the game - no player is bigger than the club. He is unlikely to play Monday night against Swansea having only just returned from his visit to a wellness clinic in Switzerland. Should he stay, a focused Tevez would be a fantastic asset, however it seems now the club have sent a message to Tevez; ‘You have to want us, as much as we want you.’