Tevez wants to quit City

The Blues skipper informed the club of his intentions on Monday

night in a short statement that cited a desire to be closer to

daughters Katie and Florencia. So far, the club have not responded

and attempts to speak with Tevez will be complicated due to his

present commitment to Argentina at the Copa America. “It is with

great regret that I have to inform Manchester City of my wish to

leave the club,” he said. Tevez has travelled down this path once

already, when he expressed a wish to leave in December. On that

occasion, he was talked round by manager Roberto Mancini and owner

Sheikh Mansour. He ended up completing the season and skippering

City to their FA Cup final triumph over Stoke, their first trophy

success since 1976. This time will be far harder, if not

impossible. Logistics mean Tevez’s trusted advisor Kia Joorabchian

has to be the immediate point of contact and his frosty

relationship with City chief executive Garry Cook is bound to be a

handicap. Just as importantly, Tevez has seemingly left no room for

manoeuvre by expanding on his thoughts in such a fulsome manner. “I

would like to state that I have great respect for the club, its

supporters and the owner, Sheikh Mansour, who has been nothing

other than respectful to me,” he continued in his statement. “I

hope that the people understand the difficult circumstances I have

been living under the past 12 months, in regards to my family.

“Living without my children in Manchester has been incredibly

challenging for me. Everything I do, I do for my daughters, Katie

and Florencia. I need to be closer to them and to spend more time

with them. “I need them to be happy because my life is about them

now. I need to be in a place where they can adapt. “Being captain

of Manchester City, qualifying for the Champions League, winning

the FA Cup and finishing as top-scorer last season has made me very

proud. “I hope that most of the City fans will understand that I

have given them my all on the pitch and that my dedication to the

city cause has been 100% on the pitch. “I hope I have done my bit

to help City continue their progress towards their ambition to be

champions of England and to advance in the Champions League. “I

have no doubt that the players and management of City will achieve

great success in the future.”