January 6th, 2009
10:57 AM ET

Tevez hints at United exit

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LONDON, England - Manchester United's under-used Argentine forward Carlos Tevez placed himself squarely in the shop window Tuesday by telling the Sun that he fears he will be forced to quit Old Trafford - and adding that he would love to join Real Madrid. [cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/06/art.tevez.afp.gi.jpg caption="Carlos Tevez has struggled for playing opportunities this season."]

"I love it at United and the fans are special to me but I also understand football," Tevez said. "If another club offered me the security of a five-year deal then I'd have to consider it."

England forward Jermain Defoe is set to return to Tottenham from Portsmouth in a deal worth £15 million ($22 million). The 26-year-old, who made the reverse move in last season's January transfer window, will undergo a medical at White Hart Lane on Tuesday, according to British newspaper reports.

The Guardian reports that Spurs are also interested in Middlesbrough winger Stewart Downing and Ghanaian midfielder Stephen Appiah, while L'Equipe claims the London club also want Brazilian striker Fred.

Barcelona midfleder Yaya Toure is the latest player to be linked with a move to cash-rich Manchester City, according to Marca. The Spanish newspaper says City boss Mark Hughes is ready to pay 26 million euros for the Ivorian midfielder.

AC Milan have offered 8 million euros for Liverpool's Danish defender Daniel Agger, the Gazzetta dello Sport reports. The Rossoneri will turn their attention to Portsmouth's in-form defender Glen Johnson - valued at 9 million euros - if they fail to land Agger.

The Times says Milan are also set to agree pre-contract terms with Liverpool's out-of-favor winger Jermaine Pennant, whose current deal at Anfield expires at the end of the season.

Aston Villa hope to agree a £4 million deal for Wigan's England forward Emile Heskey to bolster their bid to secure a top four finish and Champions League football, the Daily Mirror reports.

German striker Lukas Podolski is set to join Hamburg from Bayern Munich in a swap deal that would send Croatian winger Ivica Olic in the other direction, according to Bild.

Podolski, a star for the German national team despite rarely getting a start at Bayern, had been linked with a return to hometown club Cologne, while Manchester City, Tottenham and Roma had also been tipped as potential suitors for the 8 million euro-valued goalscorer.

But Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has told Bild that French midfielder star Franck Ribery is going nowhere.

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  1. felix

    why let Podolski out? He is a great forward, better than Toni

    January 6, 2009 at 11:43 am | Reply
  2. SergioC

    Manchester United will make a big mistake in if they let go a player like Carlos Tevez.

    January 6, 2009 at 1:56 pm | Reply
  3. Kc

    Manutd ll regret it shud they allow tevex 2 leave.he is strong,aggressive in d pitch.

    January 6, 2009 at 3:02 pm | Reply
  4. John Villanueva

    Manchester United should keep Tevez, he is good striker and has helped United alot. Fergie is one of those managers that knows what he is doing and definitely knows what he wants. He knows his squad and he knows his key players. Letting Tevez leave might be his option but its not his decision. Tevez has a future in Manchester and United can make him a better player. I strongly believe that Tevez fits into the club perfectly even though he does not get any start due to Berbatov and Rooney, Tevez is still a top quality strikers in the world and Fergie knows that. Tevez is still young and he is good with the ball, why let a player go with that kind of ambition? Thats the problem that Man Utd have. The team has difficulties bringing in big names big talents from bigger teams. This is due to one anwser, Alex Ferguson.

    January 6, 2009 at 3:07 pm | Reply
  5. Olu bede

    Alex wil neva appreciate what he has until he loses Tevez

    January 6, 2009 at 3:14 pm | Reply
  6. ade

    i would'nt want sir alex make such mistake by letting c.tevez go

    January 6, 2009 at 3:25 pm | Reply
  7. Brandon Alex Stephens

    Tevez is the best argentine player right now, dancing to Tanghetto music he scores every single time que plays.The thing is that he never gets to play that much.

    January 6, 2009 at 4:22 pm | Reply
  8. Jose

    MU is now under pressure, but Tevez is not the piece to move. He is a great forward and it would be a big mistake if MU let him go.

    January 6, 2009 at 4:27 pm | Reply
  9. Adebiyi Kayode Isaac

    I don't understand why coaches can't see the good player Podolski is. Moving to Hamburg will be a slap on his face, he should take the Robinho option.
    I'm not a Man U fan, but I know when any club is taking a risk. They are going to bite their Red Devilish fingers if they allow their hustler to go!

    January 6, 2009 at 4:35 pm | Reply
  10. Joe

    I am sure even Sir Alex knows how gud this guy is but the truth it to pay some greedy Investors £26M is also pretty nasty.
    The money will be going out of the game and these guys have got no love or interest in the game just to take advantage of poor guys from small clubs. In this case South American club.
    Football organisations should look into this carefully because the same kind of attitude has brought down big banks, put so many people out of work and left us with a Credit crunch!
    I am sure Man U would have paid that sum if it was to a club not some posh greedy investors, If this is not modern slavery I dont know what it is!!

    January 6, 2009 at 4:43 pm | Reply
  11. JMV

    United wouldn't let Tevez leave unless they have a plan to replace him with another quality player(not Welbeck nor Campbell) Benzema would be the perfect player for United and no doubt Sir Alex has his sights on him. If I had to choose between the two it would be Benzema(even though I love Tevez's attitude and playing style.) He is only 20 and would cost about the same.....A no brainer......

    January 6, 2009 at 4:53 pm | Reply


    January 6, 2009 at 5:01 pm | Reply
  13. Bilaal Jama

    Sir Alex is so selfish to let Carlos Tevez(a strong and excellent player with alot of paste) go.I know that old man wants to snatch a world class player from another club.Besides,Bayern are insane to let Podolski,a good forward,go to hamburg.And i know Podolski isnt worth 8 million euros.he is worth alot more than that.Defoe is making a bad move to the Spurs because they thought they didnt need him and he wasnt a firt team player and they,i have to say abandoned him.

    January 6, 2009 at 5:37 pm | Reply
  14. Godfrey O Evwaraye

    Sir Alex has had it perfectly right uptill now and i am pretty sure that will continue till he retire.He'll never let Tevez go that i am willing to wager my pretty Naira

    January 6, 2009 at 7:41 pm | Reply
  15. Mrman

    Tevez is not leaving. If anyone read the sun today it says that he would like to join real Madrid but says he is happy here. Sir alex will definetly not let him go he is too good a manager to not see tevezes talent. It is just one of those rumors to make gossip and sell papers(sun always do this and make up some untrue articles but I'm sure ppl from uk will know this is normal) it is a bit like the ronaldo story with papers saying he was going to be sold to madrid when fergie never even thought about selling him.

    January 7, 2009 at 12:18 am | Reply
  16. saihou

    All have to say is TEVEZ is a good player,and should be givin a chance to stay.

    January 7, 2009 at 1:07 am | Reply

    TEVEZ deserver something better than the way hes treated helping man utd winning the trophies they did .

    January 7, 2009 at 1:21 am | Reply
  18. OHT

    If MU can't used his talent, then MU should let him go to another club, rather than letting him rot there. Look at what has happened to Geovanni, he is a happy man at Hull City now. He was not fully utilised when he was in Man City!

    January 7, 2009 at 1:47 am | Reply
  19. Frank Aigbe

    if MU shud let go C.tevez dey shuld b ready 2 hav replacement(Benzema or Aguero) if nt mu will regret d exit of tevez. i tink fergie is considering tevez 32 price shuld b enough 2 land benzema or sumone ex.

    January 7, 2009 at 6:16 am | Reply
  20. Nduka Ogwu

    If Tevez goes MAN U will have an excuse of not winning the league and that will be good news for the other big three.

    January 7, 2009 at 7:42 am | Reply
  21. TUNDE

    Tevez is a very strong and mobile player, letting him go will be the greatest mistake made by Fergusson which may latter comes back to hunt MU

    January 7, 2009 at 8:23 am | Reply
  22. Joe

    It will be very good for football if all the big club will come together and refuse to pay Player owners who are outside football for a player.

    Tevez is being treated as a slave. He was used as a collateral for a loan this should be banned. Tevez deserves better so is football. If this companies and their greedy investors want to contribute to football they should buy football clubs so that they can own players through their ownership of that club.

    This idea of owning a human being economic rights has no difference with owning a Horse where you get your earning from exploiting that Horse.

    I would be very surprised if Tevez freely entered into a contract to sell his economic rights to MSI Group which has turn him into a slave and a pawn for greedy investors.

    As a result unless a club say Man U, Real Madrid, etc decides to rescue him from this contract by paying the unreasonable sum of more than $30m like Liverpool did for Mascherano Tevez will continue to slave for some desperate and greedy investors.

    January 7, 2009 at 3:14 pm | Reply
  23. Joe

    TO CNN:
    To the benefit of readers, Man U fans and football fans I wonder if you could give us more details regarding circumstances which causes Tevez to transfer his economic rights to MSI Group and Just Sports Inc in Feb 2006.
    I have obtained a paraphrase of the clause in the contract regarding those rights which I append here:

    "By clause 1, West Ham and Tevez acknowledge and confirm that the economic rights of Tevez are owned exclusively and absolutely by MSI and Just Sports Inc (the companies). In passing we note that those rights are said to have been transferred to the companies by an agreement dated 7th February 2006. We have not seen that agreement."

    January 7, 2009 at 3:20 pm | Reply
  24. Afi

    rooney is not exactly the most consistent player in the world so if thats wo sir alex intends to rely on if ever tevez is sold, he may well regret it.. and bayern munchen pls dont kill poor lukas podolski's career, send him 2 england or spain or smthn, hwever on the otha hand it may turn out to be a great move, who knows? yaya toure is an outstanding player, he deserves to stay at barca

    January 9, 2009 at 9:41 am | Reply
  25. babo

    I love TEVEZ and Man U

    January 13, 2009 at 5:43 am | Reply
  26. club penguin

    I love this site! Thank you sooo much for all your posts!

    December 30, 2009 at 7:47 pm | Reply

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