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Jul 4, 2011

Tevez: I want to leave Manchester City

Carlos Tevez has once again asked to leave Manchester City.

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Following a January stand-off with the club, Tevez now says he is finished with life at Eastlands, and followed up some recent complaints about Manchester life with a statement that his family life is the reason behind his desire to quit.

Currently at the Copa America with Argentina, Tevez, 27, says he spoke to City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak to explain his decision.

"It is with great regret that I have to inform Manchester City of my wish to leave the club. I would like to state that I have great respect for the club, its supporters and the owner, Sheik Mansoor, who has been nothing other than respectful to me," he told the Daily Mail.

"I hope that the people understand the difficult circumstances I have been living under the past 12 months, in regards to my family.

"Living without my children in Manchester has been incredibly challenging for me. Everything I do, I do for my daughters, Katie and Florencia. I need to be closer to them and to spend more time with them. I need them to be happy because my life is about them now. I need to be in a place where they can adapt.

"Being captain of Manchester City, qualifying for the Champions League, winning the FA Cup and finishing as top-scorer last season has made me very proud.

"I hope that most of the City fans will understand that I have given them my all on the pitch and that my dedication to the city cause has been 100 per cent on the pitch.

"I hope I have done my bit to help City continue their progress towards their ambition to be champions of England and to advance in the Champions League. I have no doubt that the players and management of City will achieve great success in the future."

Despite that desire to leave Eastlands, Tevez looks short of suitors. His move to City is said to have cost the club £45 million, and they wish to gain a significant return on that investment.

Links with Real Madrid have gone cold of late, as has Juventus' interest and a recently-mooted swap with Inter Milan's Samuel Eto'o has also hit the skids.

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