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Aug 13, 2010

Tevez reveals retirement plans

Manchester City forward Carlos Tevez has revealed he is eager to retire from football and plans to return to Argentina within three years.

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Tevez, 26, has enjoyed a successful career in South America and England, winning trophies with Boca Juniors, Corinthians and Manchester United before joining City in a big-money deal last summer.

However, he has now revealed that he is feeling homesick and, after Argentina's humiliating 4-0 defeat to Germany in the World Cup quarter-finals, he admits he has fallen out of love with the game.

"There is only a little time remaining before I retire," he told TyC Sports. "It is very difficult to play football if you are not happy. I am finding it very difficult to recover since the World Cup.

"I dreamt of returning to Argentina with the trophy. There were no fights in the World Cup, everything was positive, but it was the hardest thing that I've ever had to experience. Every day I have less will to continue playing in Europe and to carry on playing football. I will be there for two or three more years and then I will think about heading back to Argentina."

He added: "For the last year, I haven't lived with my daughters. They are growing up and I'm getting worn down. After returning from South Africa, I thought about quitting football, but I have a large family and now I have to continue.

"Football doesn't make me as happy or as fulfilled as before. It becomes difficult to play like this."

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