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Apr 2, 2009

Tevez: I love United and don't want to leave

Carlos Tevez has admitted he does not want to play for anyone else other than Manchester United.

The Argentina star is on loan deal with the Old Trafford outfit that is due to expire in the summer and so far there has been no agreement reached for Tevez to stay on, with United officials believed to be baulking at a £30m transfer 'fee' to gain the player's services outright.

Real Madrid are believed to be monitoring the situation closely, while a host of other top continental clubs would be ready to step in if Tevez indicated he had no future with the Red Devils.

However, the 24-year-old is crossing his fingers that he does not have to leave.

Although he may not have started as many games as he would have liked this season, Tevez is still enjoying life at Old Trafford and feels he has a special relationship with the club's supporters.

''My loan deal ends in June but I cannot think of any team except United,'' Tevez told Sport Magazine. ''The United fans love me and my family is very happy, both in Manchester and in England.

''My thoughts are only about winning titles with United, and if this happens then I hope I will still be here next season.

''I do not want to play with any other team. I always follow my heart, and my heart is telling me it will be impossible for me to leave English football.''

There is little doubt Sir Alex Ferguson would like Tevez to stay, although in the present financial climate, the sums being talked about do not make much sense and the South American's advisor Kia Joorabchian may have to be flexible if common ground is to be reached.

An agreement would raise the possibility of Tevez playing with Cristiano Ronaldo for another season.

Ronaldo might not have reached the level that saw him crowned Ballon D'Or winner last year but, according to Tevez, he remains, along with Lionel Messi, one of only two players capable of winning a match on their own.

''Sometimes his performances are almost from a different planet,'' said Tevez. ''He is a truly special talent and the only other player who I think is on the same level as him today is my Argentinian team-mate Lionel Messi.

''He is at Barcelona now, but I think they could play very well together - they are the only men in football who can win a game on their own. They are complete because they are both superb dribblers who also have a very good eye for goal. I would love to have them both with me in the same team.''

Facing those three would certainly be a fairly fearsome prospect for any defence, even if Tevez and Messi were part of the Argentina side that suffered an incredible six-goal mauling in Bolivia.

Ferguson would no doubt like the opportunity, with Tevez confirming his relationship with the Scot is a positive one despite the number of times he has been left out of the United side in preference to Dimitar Berbatov this season.

''He is always the boss,'' revealed Tevez. ''There is never any doubt who is in charge, but he is also a gentleman. From the moment I arrived, he has treated me with respect as a person.

''His greatest quality is that, for him, there are no star players - everyone is equal, whether they cost many millions or are a young player who hasn't played many times for the team.

''When I see him work he reminds me of Carlos Bianchi, who was my coach at Boca Juniors in Argentina. Both have had a big influence on my career, and both know how to treat people.''

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