Club captain Carlos Tevez has signalled his intention to leave Manchester City before the Citizens make their first foray into the Champions League.
City, inspired by 20 league goals from Tevez, finished third in the Premier League last season, securing automatic qualification to Europe’s elite club competition.
Roberto Mancini’s side also won the FA Cup, marking them out as a team to watch when the new campaign gets underway on 13th August.
However, their hopes of challenging Manchester United and Chelsea for the title have been dealt a blow by the news that Tevez wants to leave for family reasons.
“Living without my children in Manchester has been incredibly challenging for me. Everything I do, I do for my daughters,” he said in a statement.
“I need them to be happy because my life is about them now. I need to be in a place where they can adapt.”
That said, the fact that the 27-year-old still has three years left on his contract and only a few clubs have the financial clout to afford his transfer fee and wages suggest Tevez could still be at Eastlands come August.
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Manchester City’s opening game of the 2011-12 Premier League season will be at home to newly-promoted Swansea.
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