Former West Ham United, Manchester United, Manchester City and Juventus striker Carlos Tevez mustn’t be picking up quite enough press since switching back to boyhood club Boca Juniors last summer, an Argentina return that was five years and countless temper tantrums in the making.
Tevez is back in the BBC gossip column today after far too long away, following his cryptic claims during a recent press conference:
“I’m fine at Boca. Indeed, my intention, my dream is to finish my career as a player at this wonderful club.
“It is true, Chelsea and Napoli want me, but I repeat what I said before. My desire is to stay with Boca until I retire.”
The words Tevez uses must be placed under the most intense scrutiny considering his previous form of making a terrible fuss, including going AWOL from Man City barely a year after signing for them from hated rivals United, citing ‘family reasons’ for wanting to leave the club in a rush.
Of course, the 76-cap Albiceleste star could just as easily have moved his wife and kids to Manchester as Turin, where they speak Italian, not his native Spanish, but we digress.
Tevez says ‘I’m fine’ at Boca, obviously not spectacular – indeed, the 32-year-old was heavily criticised in the media following his side’s embarrassing 4-0 Supercopa Argentina loss to San Lorenzo just under six months ago.
It’s Tevez’s ‘intention’, his ‘dream’ to finish playing at ‘wonderful’ Boca – not his steadfast decision, more a starting point for further negotiation.
He helpfully confirmed that ‘Chelsea and Napoli’ both want him, which is interesting considering the former are now managed by the man who signed Tevez up for Juventus, Antonio Conte, while the latter seem likely to be in need of their next Argentine icon following the departure of Gonzalo Higuain to Juve.
Of no less intrigue is the stocky striker’s omission from the list of West Ham, another former club reportedly in for their lost hero earlier this summer, when Tevez’s ‘advisor’ Kia Joorabchian brushed off the rumour with a telling quote:
“The move [to Corinthians] is practically done, as the only thing missing is the signature on the contract.
“Atletico Madrid, two clubs from the Premier League and Juventus have all tried to sign him, but Tevez wanted to go to Brazil and to Corinthians.”
Note Corinthians, yet another former Tevez employer seemingly being used to some ends or other.
At this rate, it wouldn’t be so much of a shock to see him back at Old Trafford, although Chelsea is surely a better bet for the next stop on the Tevez tour.
Nevertheless, signing the scorer of a whopping 256 club goals in 572 senior appearances so far would surely aid Chelsea’s quest for a 6/1 Premier League title in 2016/17.