Juventus star Carlos Tevez reveals he almost retired at Manchester City
Carlos Tevez has revealed he nearly hung up his boots on the wall at Manchester City. The Argentinean hit-man admits he almost ended his football career following his dispute with Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini.
The 29-year-old Argentina international, who joined Juventus for £9 million this summer, claims the desire to play vanished from him after the falling-out with his former Italian boss.
The quandary resulted in Tevez’s six-month long absence from first-team football at Manchester City. The fight between Mancini and Tevez took a bad turn after the manager accused Tevez of refusing to replace a player on the field in the Champions League match against Bayern Munich.
As a result of this debacle, Tevez didn’t play at Manchester City from September 2011 to March 2012. Moreover, Manchester City cut nearly £9.6 million from Tevez’s wages and bonuses for leaving the club without a leave. Not caring about his situation, Tevez spent his time back at home in Argentina.
“I always said I’d retire at 28 and I was close to retiring after the fight with Roberto,” Tevez said. “I was tired as well. I spent six years in England and nobody would have given a cent for me to stay six years in England.
“I won the Champions League with Manchester United, the Premier League with United, the FA Cup with City, who hadn’t won anything for a long time, I won everything.”
Finally, when Tevez exchanged olive branches with Mancini, he immediately returned to the first-team and played a pivotal role in taking Manchester City to their first league title in 44 years. Moreover, Tevez was Manchester City’s featured striker last season.
Tevez believes his international career has come to an early end. In spite of having made a total of 62 caps from 2004 to 2011, Tevez reckons he won’t be able to be part of Argentina’s squad for the 2014 World Cup.
“It's over, I've said what I have to say on the national team and I have nothing more to add,” Tevez said.