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Feb 24, 2011

Joorabchian: Tevez will stay in Europe

Carlos Tevez's agent, Kia Joorabchian, has cleared up suggestions the Manchester City star wants to play for Corinthians, explaining Tevez will play in Europe for at least three years first.

• Tevez fancies Corinthians
• Mancini tries to ignore Tevez talk

Joorabchian gave an interview in South America that suggested Tevez wanted to return to play for Corinthians, but the agent now denies that Tevez will move to Brazil in the near future and says he will continue to play in Europe for the medium-term.

"That has been blown well out of proportion," Joorabchian told ESPNsoccernet. "Let me make it perfectly clear that Carlos plans to remain in Europe for the next three years, minimum.

"After that, no one really knows what will happen. However, Carlos Tevez has great affection for his old clubs, and that includes West Ham as well as Corinthians and Boca Juniors.

"He would not rule out playing again for Corinthians on his way back to play for Boca, but I didn't say this was happening now, or indeed in two years, because it isn't. It should have been clear, but it hasn't turned out that way, so let me state categorically that Carlos will be in Europe for a minimum of three years."

Tevez has a contract with Manchester City until 2014, but even manager Roberto Mancini has admitted that he cannot be certain whether his star striker will be at Eastlands next season. Real Madrid are reported to be interested in bringing him to Spain, while there is also the possibility that he will quit the game completely.

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