By Shane McGinley
Star striker wants to leave Abu Dhabi-owned team to spend more time with his family
Carlos Tevez, captain of English Premiership club Manchester City [photos], has said he wants to leave the Abu Dhabi-owned club as soon as possible, according to reports.
The Argentinean player was bought in 2009 from rivals Manchester United and made an immediate impact in the squad, scoring 32 goals in 51 appearances in his first season, before he made public his desire to leave the club.
"It is with great regret that I have to inform Manchester City of my wish to leave the club," the 27-year-old team captain said in a statement to the BBC. "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 added.
Tevez, who lifted the FA Cup for the team and helped the club win its first trophy for 35 years, has now said he is no longer happy living in Manchester and wishes to spend more time with his family, who currently live in Argentina with his partner.
"I need to be closer to [my children] and to spend more time with them," he said.
"I have no doubt that the players and management of City will achieve great success in the future," he added.
It is rumoured Manchester City will demand up to £40m ($10.8m) for Tevez in any transfer deal. However, Italian club Inter Milan told BBC Sport it was no interested in the player due to his wage demands.
The news comes as it was revealed Manchester City’s owner Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s investment in the team is set to top $1bn as the club’s management look set to spend even more millions boosting the FA Cup-winning squad.
Research by Arabian Business showed Sheikh Mansour has invested £339m ($545m) in new players for the squad, in addition to the reported £210m ($337m) he spent acquiring the club in September 2008. This brings the total investment to date to $883m.
With around $300m rumoured to be left in the war chest for new players, the total investment is likely to easily top the $1bn mark before the end of the current transfer season.For all the latest sports news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.