Manchester City forward Carlos Tevez has reportedly rejected a contract extension from the club, fueling speculation that the Argentina international is set to return to his former club Boca Juniors next summer, the Daily Mirror understands.
Earlier this week, Tevez revealed that he would contemplate signing a new deal with the English Premier League champions, but recent reports are suggesting the 28-year-old will stay at the club until 2014, when his current contract expires, and then return to Argentina.
Tevez has re-established himself in the first-team at Manchester City after following out-of-favour with manager Roberto Mancini in 2011.
The “following-out” was, somewhat infamously, a result of the Argentina international allegedly refusing to enter a UEFA Champions League match in which City were down 2-0 to Bavarian giants Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena.
However, that has long been forgotten, with Tevez having returned to the first-team towards the latter stages of last season to help City win the Premier League title on the final day of the season.
All is well at the Etihad Stadium…not really.
Tevez wants to go home, but City surely will not allow him to leave the club on a free transfer. However, that’s a debate for another day in approximately two years time.
“I’ve got a year left on my contract at Manchester City and they want me to sign for two more seasons,” Tevez told the Mirror. “I would prefer to return home, but it is very difficult because City won’t let me leave for nothing.
“I will stay in Europe for another two years and then go back. Boca’s president always says the door is open for me to rejoin them and I am dying to pull on their shirt once more.
“I want to end my career with them. It is my dream and the dream of my family as well. I would love to be playing for them against River Plate. I’d prefer that to City’s game against Fulham. But I am under contract and have to be here in England.”
Tevez, 28, has made 29 appearances, 23 starts, in all competitions for Manchester City this season, netting nine goals and seven assists.
Cisse joins Al-Gharafa on loan
Queens Park Rangers striker Djibril Cisse has joined Qatari League club Al-Gharafa on loan until the end of the season following the arrival of France international striker Loic Remy from Olympique de Marseille, Sky Sports reports.
Cisse, 31, scored just three goals in 18 league appearances for QPR this season after bagging six in eight league games last term, following his £4 million move from Lazio to Loftus Road in January.
The arrival of Remy has made Cisse surplus to requirements at Queens Park Rangers, despite the club still sitting at the bottom-of-the-table.
A statement on Rangers’ official website confirmed the move: “Rs front-man Djibril Cisse has put pen to paper on a loan deal with Al Gharafa.
“The 31 year-old will remain with the Qatari-based club – who are managed by former Portsmouth boss Alain Perrin – until the end of the season.
“Cisse has made 21 appearances in all competitions this campaign, scoring four goals.”
Earlier this month, Brazilian forward Nene joined Al-Gharafa from French super-club Paris Saint-Germain. The 31-year-old was the joint top-scorer in Ligue 1 last season with 21 goals.