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 Posted by ESPN Staff
May 17, 2009

Tevez's future to be decided in June, says Gill

Manchester United want to keep Carlos Tevez despite the Argentinian striker saying he expects to leave Old Trafford and that the club have shown him a lack of respect, chief executive David Gill said on Sunday.

Gill, speaking on BBC Radio's Five Live programme, said they were discussing paying a fee of around £25m for the player.

"The actual situation will be cleared up in early June and without a doubt we will look at it," Gill said.

"We will assess the squad. He has done very well, come on and made an impact in some crucial games this year and we would like him to stay, but the actual economic situation needs to be clarified."

Asked if he and manager Alex Ferguson wanted Tevez to stay at Old Trafford, Gill replied; "If it can be structured correctly, yes we do."

He also said there were no ongoing discussions about Cristiano Ronaldo leaving the club, who won a record-equalling 18th League title on Saturday.

Gill said the deal for Tevez was more complicated than usual because his "economic rights" were owned by the agent Kia Joorabchian.

Gill explained that United had paid a "loan fee" to Joorabchian for the last two years but have to decide now whether to pay a fixed fee at which point Manchester United would own Tevez and have a new contract with him.

However, if United do not agree a deal, Tevez could be offered to other clubs by the company which owns him.

Tevez appeared to be waving goodbye to the Old Trafford faithful when he was substituted during Saturday's 0-0 draw with Arsenal.

Asked if he was waving goodbye, an emotional Tevez told Sky Sports: "Maybe goodbye, maybe.

"I like the fans so much. Thank you. It was very difficult for me."

But Tevez has accused Manchester United of showing him a lack of respect and suggested he would no stay with the Red Devils .

The 25-year-old told Argentinian TV station TYC: "I know that I am not going to continue at Manchester United.

"I feel that they have lacked respect towards me. It's not about whether they pay £5m more or £5m less, but I feel I have been badly treated.

"There are ways in which the club is managed that I don't understand. When you don't agree with the manager in how the club is run... I don't have faith in a lot of things that happen here.

"I've been here for two years and the directors have never come to speak to me. Not once have I had a meeting with them.

"Therefore, it's best that I leave the club so as not to clash with (manager) Alex Ferguson and the directors. Neither do I understand why I don't play in the team.

"I've asked (adviser) Kia (Joorabchian) not to speak to me about offers during the next 10 days. I want to concentrate only on the final matches that we have to play.

"Afterwards, I've got a month to take a decision and choose where to go.''

Sir Alex Ferguson believes compromise is the only way to resolve the situation after branding the demands put to Manchester United as "unrealistic''.

He told the Sunday Times: "The demands originally put to us were unrealistic. Like other clubs, we have to be aware of the consequences of the credit crunch.

"It's no time to be careless about money. As far as Tevez is concerned, everybody would be best served by a willingness to compromise.''

Cristiano Ronaldo's future in the north-west is questioned every year with the Portuguese consistently linked with Real Madrid.

Ferguson, though, believes the winger will remain at Old Trafford.

"The indications I'm getting from the dressing room is are that the other players don't feel he is behaving as if he's discontented. Obviously you can't stop people pressing him with offers but we have handled that the best way we can.

"His contract with us runs until 2012 and we are in the driving seat.''

Gill insists he has had no need to speak to Ronaldo about his future.

Gill said: "We've never had that discussion. There's absolutely no point in having that discussion. We made it clear last year he's on a long-term contract with us and it's never come up.

"He's been fantastic both on and off the pitch throughout, he's supported us in what we want to do commercially and he's been a model professional. He is not for sale. He's a great player and he's part of our club.

"I'm sure the Spanish press will start rumours and start that whole process going again. There's a (presidential) election as we know at Real Madrid and we've seen it all before with many of our players over the years since I've been with the club, and that will happen.

"But we're not prepared to use the papers in that way at Manchester United and I think we've got to be confident that Cristiano will stay.

"He's had an excellent season, he didn't score as many goals as last year but nonetheless is the top scorer in the Premier League, he is a fantastic player.

"All we know is you just have to see our dressing room after the game yesterday, after we win a trophy.

"Footballers want to win things and I think any footballer would recognise he has much more chance of winning things, certainly in the short to medium term, at Manchester United than Real Madrid.''

United meet Barcelona in Rome a week on Wednesday as they attempt to become the first side to retain the Champions League title.

Ferguson believes the Spanish side will present more of a danger than Chelsea who were seconds away from victory in the semi-final.

"Chelsea would have presented the more straightforward challenge, one we've learned how to deal with over the past year or two,'' the Scot continued. "The way Barcelona operate their midfield makes it very difficult to get the ball off them.

"I don't think (Andres) Iniesta and Xavi have ever given it away in their lives. They get you on that carousel and they can leave you dizzy.

"Your concentration levels can't be allowed to falter for a second. But, with the right tactics, their game is containable.''

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