Manchester City reject Tevez's transfer request

Manchester City have rejected an official transfer request from their want-away striker Carlos Tevez who wants to quit the Premier League.

The Argentina international’s relationship with City manager Roberto Mancini has been strained for months and is said to have deteriorated further in recent weeks.

Tevez and his family have struggled to settle in England since the player joined West Ham back in 2006 and he has threatened to walk away from football to be with his two daughters who currently live in Argentina.

City released an official statement earlier today: ‘It is with disappointment that we confirm to our supporters that Carlos Tevez has submitted a written transfer request. The club can also confirm that the request has been rejected. The club remains disappointed by this situation and particularly with the actions of Carlos' representative.’

Roberto Mancini and all at the club have shown, and will continue to show, sensitivity to Carlos's personal circumstances including the issue of his family being based overseas. Indeed following his suspension as a result of the game against Bolton, Carlos requested, and was given, special dispensation by the manager to take leave overseas.’

Tevez, who was made club captain this season, is currently City’s top scorer and is central to the Manchester’s club’s aim of challenging for the Premier League title this season.

‘The written transfer request is in stark contrast to Carlos' stated position in both public and club contexts,’ the statement continued. ‘Significantly, over recent months, the club has also received numerous requests from Carlos' representative to renegotiate and improve his playing contract as well as more recently a request to extend that contract by another year.’

‘However, in line with the club's policy of not negotiating playing contracts mid-season this has not been granted. Carlos' current five-year contract has three and a half years to run and he is the highest paid player at the Manchester City football club.’

‘This is both an unfortunate and unwelcome distraction and the club will remain focused on the games ahead in what is turning out to be a very promising season. The door remains open for Carlos to be selected to play.’

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