Tevez expects to leave United, not England


Carlos Tevez expects to leave Manchester United in the summer but does not anticipate going far, having voiced his preference to stay in England where he believes the game suits his style and where he insists his family is happy. Despite revealing his frustration, the Argentina forward will start this afternoon's derby against Manchester City.

The on-loan 25-year-old feels he has not been treated as "one of the family" at Old Trafford and claims the club have made no attempt to sign him long term.

"I am very sad about this but I guess what I'm saying is goodbye,” he told the News of the World. "I don't think I will be a Manchester United player next season. I have done everything I possibly can but they have never made me an offer or given me a contract so I have to leave.

"I think I will be at another club next season.

"I have not been treated as a member of the family. I do not feel wanted. I feel bad over my situation, I do, but it's very, very difficult to stay any longer.

"The fans treat me like family but United have not signed me so they do not respect me as a footballer."

Tevez feels his form has been good this season but has been frustrated at not being considered a first-team regular by Alex Ferguson.

"Things have changed dramatically this season," he said. "I was dropped - yet I didn't perform badly. Sir Alex never gave me an explanation but I never asked him for one because it is not in my character.

"I accepted it but maybe Sir Alex didn't feel the same way about me. Maybe he didn't have confidence in me any more."

Tevez stressed he was settled in England and would have no qualms about joining one of United's big rivals.

He said: "It's not true my family are unhappy in England. It's not true I want to leave England for Spain. My four-year-old daughter Florencia is learning English and my wife is very happy living in England.

"We want to stay. I want to play in England because it is the best League in the world and it suits my style.

"Any club I join, whether it be Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool or Everton, will be a rival of Manchester United. I would like to thank the United fans for their support. They will always have a special place in my heart.

"If I was a United fan I wouldn't want to see their player in any other shirt but I think they will accept I've done everything I can."