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Legend warns Tevez to stay at City

Argentina World Cup winner Ricky Villa has warned Carlos Tevez that greed could ruin his career after the Manchester City striker once again demanded to leave Eastlands.

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Tevez, the Premier League's joint-top scorer, has helped fire City into a Champions League place and win the FA Cup this season to end the club's 35-year trophy drought, but has told Argentinian radio that it is time for a "change of scene".

Tevez, who handed in a transfer request in December before later withdrawing the demand, has been at five different clubs in the past seven years and his desire to move yet again has sparked anger and condemnation.

Argentina coach Sergio Batista has left the 20-goal striker out of his national squad for the forthcoming Copa America tournament and Villa, another famous Argentinian export to English football, thinks Tevez needs to show loyalty to his club.

Ex-Tottenham star Villa, who lifted the FA Cup in 1981 and 1982, told the Daily Mirror: "Tevez is at the top of his game at the moment and everybody is saying he will move to another team, but it is all about money.

"We should be talking about Tevez the way we speak about Messi. Now, everything is all about the money. It's greedy, it's greedy.

"I prefer - and I can only speak for myself - for him to stay at one club. It's not nice to see him move from one side to the other. I prefer for the player to prove himself at one club.

"You can win the league with City and that should be a big, big thing. Not the money. It's only one million more or less. I don't agree with that. What more does he need? I think he should stay."

Following City's 3-0 win over Stoke City in midweek, Tevez, who scored two-goals to make him joint leader in the race for the Golden Boot, told manager Roberto Mancini he was happy to stay at Eastlands.

"He has a five-year contract and has told us he wants to stay," Mancini said. But Tevez has now gone back on that decision and appears to have once again made up his mind that a new challenge is what he requires.

"I want to leave Manchester City," Tevez told Argentina's Radio del Plata. "Football has changed a lot for me and I don't know if I will even make it to the next World Cup.

"And that has nothing to do with whether I'm selected or not. I've been treated very well here and I'm grateful. I also gave my everything for the club to receive the results it has had. But I need a change of scene."

The likes of Inter Milan and Real Madrid have been linked with the Argentina ace, who is believed to have turned down a massive new deal from City worth £300,000 earlier in the season.

As well as interest from Italy and Spain, Tevez's former club Boca Juniors are reportedly ready to offer him a chance to return to his homeland, though the forward admitted the Argentinian side may not be able to afford him.

"To go back to Boca Juniors would be beautiful but it is very difficult," Tevez said. "I spoke to their midfielder Roman Riquelme and, messing around, we agreed I would go back one day. But if we're speaking seriously, financial issues would make my return difficult."

Tevez left Boca Juniors to join Brazilian club Corinthians in 2004, since then he has moved to West Ham United, Manchester United and Manchester City.


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