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Jun 5, 2011

Tevez: I'll never be back

Carlos Tevez claims he has been told he is free to leave Manchester City - and says he will never return to the area once he has left.

• Joorabchian: Tevez happy to stay
• Live Transfer blog

Tevez, whose current deal expires in 2014, did not go as far as to say he would definitely leave the club this summer, but he certainly made it clear that he holds no affinity with Manchester despite spending four years of his career with United and City.

He also revealed he still does not trust some members of the Man City board - and will never do so again.

The striker has been in England for five years but has still to learn the language, something which he freely admitted is a problem in an interview aired on a television programme on Telefe in Argentina.

''There is nothing to do in Manchester. The problem is I'm still speaking very poor English,'' he said. 'When I finish my contract I will not return to Manchester ever - not even on holiday.''

In an interview with the News of the World, Tevez said: ''[City owner] Sheikh Mansour has made a lot of sacrifices to keep me and if I stay at Manchester City, it will be for him.

''He signed me, he wants to keep me, but at the same time he has told me to do whatever I need to do to be happy. He has told me 'If you want to leave then you can go'. There is no deadline, it is down to me.

''They offered me a new contract in December but I didn't want to extend it. At the end of the season they offered me another new deal but at the moment I don't know whether I will accept it.

"There are options but if I don't play for Real Madrid, Barcelona, Inter or Milan it won't be a massive void in my life.

''I have no regrets whatsoever about my transfer request. It was a situation that some people on the board created. They promised something for six months and didn't deliver. So, after six months of promises, they don't do something - why should I believe them now? I don't.

''I will never speak to these people again. I still feel the same way. I deal direct with Sheikh Mansour - no-one else. It makes no difference to my future, as they don't mean anything to me.''

Tevez also spoke of the difficulty he has living away from his wife and two daughters. He added: ''No amount of money, no cars and the lifestyle can make up for the moment when I leave my two daughters at the airport.

''Do you think money solves everything? It solves nothing. People think I should be happy because I have everything but I can't buy time with my daughters and my family.''

Tevez again rubbished suggestions that he is unable to work with City boss Roberto Mancini.

''Mancini and I have arguments and moments, but it's not such a great matter to me,'' he said. "He's a great manager. Things happen in the heat of the moment, silly things that can happen when when we are trying to do what's best for the team.

''We are not friends but we have a professional relationship. As captain and manager respectively, we talk. I have never been late, I am disciplined and I have never been fined for a breach of club discipline.''

Asked whether Tevez would remain with City, his agent Kia Joorabchian told BBC Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek programme: ''His family come first. He will be in Argentina. He will sit down and talk to his family. Until he resolves that issue he's not making a final determination on his future.

''What I can tell you is he is very happy at Manchester City. He has been happy at Manchester City. He's resolved his problems he had earlier in the year with certain members of the board. If he can resolve his family issues then why not?''

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