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Tevez: United fans will forgive me joining City

Carlos Tevez believes that he won't be viewed as a traitor by Manchester United fans if he decides to join rivals Manchester City. The Argentina striker turned down a permanent contract at Old Trafford last month following the end of his two-year loan period.

The Guardian reports that Chelsea are also interested in signing the 25-year-old, but City are still favourites to sign Tevez after offering him a lucrative deal to move to Eastlands. "If I play for Manchester City I don't think the United fans will feel I am a traitor," Tevez told the People. "They have to remember that at least as far as I know I have been thrown out of the club and I have to study the best offers available."

Kia Joorabchian, the player's agent, has defended Tevez's decision to turn down the offer of a five-year with United and pointed the finger of blame in the direction of Sir Alex Ferguson.

"It has come about because I could not stand my sporting situation at Manchester United any longer," Tevez said. "My first year was good in all senses. I played in the games and felt respected by the coach but in my second year some strange things happened that I still do not understand."

The player continued: "After the game at Old Trafford where Liverpool beat us [4-1, in March], Ferguson ignored me almost as if I was to blame for the defeat when really Liverpool dominated us all over the pitch. After that the fans called for me to be in the team but he never took the advice on board because he always knows best."

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