Manchester City captain Carlos Tevez has once again asked for a move away from Eastlands.The 27-year-old striker withdrew a transfer request last December to play out the season with City, while the club’s manager Roberto Mancini had spoken of his confidence in keeping the Argentine at the English Premier League club.
But he has now reiterated his desire to leave, citing family reasons for his request.
“It is with great regret that I have to inform Manchester City of my wish to leave the club,” Tevez said in a statement.
“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.”
“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.”
Tevez – currently involved in Argentina’s Copa America campaign – was equal top scorer in the Premier League last season with 20 goals.
His haul helped guide City to third place in the league and a resulting Champions League place. The club also won the FA Cup, their first major trophy in 35 years.
“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,” he said.
“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 percent 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.”