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Confirmed Reports – Tevez Will Leave After Rejecting Personal Terms

Manchester United have met the asking price for Carlos Tevez but the player has rejected the offer.

I hope all those idiots in the Stretford End chanting for Tevez over Sir Alex Ferguson’s end of season speech feel like proper dicks now.

“Following contact received from Carlos Tevez’s advisors last night, in advance of the deadline the club set for concluding negotiations, Manchester United announces that Carlos will not be signing a new contract with the club,” read a statement on the club’s official website. “The club agreed to pay the option price of £25.5m and offered Carlos a five-year contract which would have made him one of its highest paid players. Disappointingly however, his advisors informed the club that, despite the success he has enjoyed during one of the Club’s most successful periods, he does not wish to continue playing for Manchester United. The club would like to thank Carlos for his services over the last two seasons and wishes him good luck for the future.”

On RoM we’d written about disliking Carlos Tevez and wanting him to leave in the weeks leading up to this decision, so fed up with his poor attitude. After proclaiming his love for the club and fans, it was unacceptable for him to behave the way he did.

Plenty of players go through their careers without forming any particularly strong bonds with the club. Whilst Wayne Rooney and Patrice Evra are happy to show their committed feelings to United, it’s not an expectation. Some players are there to do their job, to play well and to win medals, and that’s alright. Tevez could have been one of those players, but he chose to reach out to the fans and form a relationship with us. So strong was that relationship that some opted to disrespect the manager in favour of showing their support for him.

Whether you had grown tired with Tevez’s behaviour or you were still in full support of him, there’s no denying that we’ve been shown up here. It doesn’t matter if you as a fan were keen to get rid because the club put their cards on the table and were rejected by him. With him likely to join Manchester City after turning us down, you can’t escape the embarrassment that creates for us.

Of course this betrayal will be lost on City fans. They won’t give a fuck less about his dodgy character. These are the fans that welcomed a “human rights abuser of the worst possible kind” with open arms because he came with the promise of success, so a back-stabbing Argie is nothing to them. But I’m sure some of them, the more sensible ones, who don’t have a tea towel in their wardrobe, won’t be too keen on worshipping a player who said he loved United and our fans.

It is usual for us to wish parting players with the best of luck but I can’t hope that any player turning us down for City does well. He’s made his bed and now he has to lie in it. Money means more to him than medals, and more importantly for us, more than our fans he claimed to love so much. We’ve been done by another Argie. What a piss take.

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Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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  1. Isaidso says:

    Mic – FFS mate, the difference with Ronaldo is, that he made no bones about the fact he wanted to go to Madrid. It was his boyhood dream, and his Dad told him before he died, that he would play for Madrid. So he believed Madrid was his destiny. He gave United 6 years of excellent stuff. Tevez has always maintained that his dream was to play for Man United. He was here on loan! Now that we didn’t buy him outright, should tell you that SAF wasn’t entirely sure of him. Ronaldo wasn’t orchestrating the fans either, to get their allegiance in what his slave owners saw as a war with Man United Management. Tevez won over the fans, the same fans who greatly disrespected SAf IN THEIR MISGUIDED support of Tevez. If he really wanted to play for Man UNited, why the fuck did he need time, ever thought that one through mate?

  2. Isaidso says:

    Aaaaaah so the truth is coming out now eh? It wasn’t that Tevez decided he really wanted to go, but thet Man United (the greatest club on the planet), decided that they weren’t going to allow Tevez or rather his slave owner to yank the club’s chain anymore. WE ARE MANCHESTER UNITED. Mess us about and your fucked. Sorry Scott for the colourful but passionate language – haha!

  3. Gudjohnsen says:

    I kind of wanted this to happen because of all the drama Tevez had created at the end of the season. I want to use this money to buy Benzema for 30 mills. We planned on splashing 25 mills on Tevez and giving him huge wages, if we sell Campbell for 6 mills we’ve got 31 mills and we can use that to buy Benzema. And we still got the 80mills from the Ronaldo sale…sweet!

  4. DanS says:

    Haven’t read the article fully but bye, bye Tevez – you wont be missed.

  5. NickOGS20 says:

    Scott: “See you next time! Unhealthy obsession? I’d say so.”

    Unhealthy obsession? I’d say the continued flak aimed at Ronaldo and Tevez is more of an unhealthy obsession but whatever floats your boat.

    People need to get their head around the fact players don’t see Manchester United as we do, unless they were born and raised as Reds as we are. We can’t and shouldn’t expect them to act as we’d like to think we would in their boots.

    Tevez would have signed in an instant last summer if we’d tried to get him permanently, I think that much is clear. We decided not to – taking a risk. That risk was made greater by him going from first-choice to essentially first-reserve – he started one game in the CL knockout stages for example. If we’re taking the risk of leaving the possibility of signing him until now, when other clubs can also make offers, it probably wasn’t particularly prudent to dent his pride and make him not feel particularly wanted. Hence why I have no issue with him moving on wherever he wants to now. City’s a poor choice personally and it’s clear he’s incredibly badly advised by Joorabchian, but it’s not our place to say where he should go.

    Maybe it’s an age thing, I don’t know how old certain people are, but the toys out of the pram stuff whenever a player leaves or says something that could be construed as negative etc is all a bit embarrassing. He’s gone, he deserves recognition for what he did for us while he was here, it’s embarrassing to now see people calling him a cunt, deciding now is the time to say “oh, well, we never wanted him anyway! he’s actually rubbish!” when they certainly weren’t saying it a year ago. Show a bit of class. By all means hope he and City have a mutually disappointing time together but let’s not wallow in bitterness like our blue chums across the city.

    I’m actually of the view it’s better than he’s left, we need something different upfront, we need to freshen things up, and SAF will do that. So let’s look forward with optimism rather than indulging in the constant negativity, bitching and childish nonsense that is far too prevalent both over this and Ronaldo.

  6. Scott the Red says:

    Nick – did you even bother to read what I wrote? It’s nice to see that you can actually respond to a point of view without being so catty though.

    Plenty of players go through their careers without forming any particularly strong bonds with the club. Whilst Wayne Rooney and Patrice Evra are happy to show their committed feelings to United, it’s not an expectation. Some players are there to do their job, to play well and to win medals, and that’s alright. Tevez could have been one of those players, but he chose to reach out to the fans and form a relationship with us. So strong was that relationship that some opted to disrespect the manager in favour of showing their support for him.

    I have no expectation on players to come to United and love the club like we do. My problem with Tevez is him making us believe that’s how he felt. Michael Carrick, for example, doesn’t talk to the press about how much he loves United and our fans, and that’s fair enough. One day he might leave for whatever reason and we won’t be thinking “You bastard!” for it. But Tevez spoke to the press time and again about his feelings for us, whilst being third choice, whilst no permanent deal was agreed, then he leaves.

    End of the day, the club made him a good offer, and if he’d been speaking the truth about his feelings, he would have accepted it. My problem is not that he’s left, it’s that he tried to use the fans as a bargaining tool to put pressure on the club, and then fucked them off anyway. It was embarrassing to hear our fans on the last home game of the season and that embarrassment has just trebled! He could have got on about his business like Carrick, Saha, Nani or any other player… but he didn’t. He’s the one that said he loved us, we didn’t put that expectation on him to do so.

  7. United One Love says:

    Tevez was out of order during the Arsenal game, taking ages to leave the pitch basking in the fans adulation when we still hadn’t won the league. He seems to think it had become the players’ show at United and not the team. Fuck that. And as for the final flurry, saying Fergi got his tactics wrong against Barca, well that’s Adios from me on that one. Good player, shit advisors, but ultimately not good enough to be considered invaluable by the boss. The rest is just detail. Good luck to him, but this whole transfer saga smells very fishy to me, and I for one will take the United side on who got the better deal.

  8. NickOGS20 says:

    Scott – that’s just far too simplistic a view of things for me to go along with.

    Yes Tevez built and then played on a great rapport with the fans. Personally I believe that was genuine, and that he was enjoying playing with the club. I think he’d have signed for us in the blink of an eye last summer. But clearly he hasn’t enjoyed his second season at the club anywhere near as much, and I can’t and don’t expect him to ignore that purely because of the fans.

    It’s not the best analogy, but it’s like if he was an office worker who really got on with his colleagues, but felt he wasn’t really wanted by the managers and wasn’t ever going to fulfil his potential with that company. Does he stay just because he has a decent bit of banter during the day and gets on with everyone, or does he go somewhere else where he might feel more wanted, might fulfil his potential, and may well end up building a similar bond with those colleagues?

    It’s just not as simple to me as ‘the club made an offer, if he’d meant what he said in the past he’d sign it’. Things change, we don’t know the full details of this offer (it seems that it had a deadline for starters, hardly a sign of wanting the player desperately), to be honest I’m not entirely convinced the club really wanted Tevez to stay. This strikes me as an offer that they knew had come too late and came with unacceptable conditions, but the fans would see an offer being put in, Tevez rejecting it and would thus heap all the blame on the player. Quite clever, and (if that is the case) it’s working an absolute treat.

    Like I said, I don’t expect everyone to be lauding his decision, wishing him a tearful farewell or hoping he tears it up with City. I do, perhaps naively, expect some recognition and respect for what he has contributed to two immensely successful seasons for us, and I’d hope that in time people will start to see that.

  9. usama says:

    Departure of Ronaldo (I wanted him to leave since a long time, I do not care about how good he is) and Tevez did not make me feel good, but I am not much disappointed either. Rooney deserves that central striking role and I don’t care if he takes a season to adapt to it. I would prefer Benzema instead of Berbatov and Giovinco on the left. Giovinco is a fantastic player! Any opinions on that?

  10. supatrice says:

    Tevez has been brilliant for us, he had a good first sason considering he had no pre-season with us. Then before we bought brbatov (complete fucking watse of money) he was the player that was making u tick. He score vital goals that won us the league in both seasons. WE fucked him about haggling over a set fee. No wonder he got fed up with it. He wants to play somewhere he’s appreciated

  11. Isaidso says:

    Nick0GSTO, what a bloody shame, poor ole Carlos Tevez, disrepected so much by Man Utd. The club who went to court and fought tooth and bloody nail to get him sorted to join the club in the 1st place. Tevez BIG problem, he couldn’t handle sitting on the bench, that is it END OF. Well tough bloody titties!

  12. SALFORD RED says:

    Tevez is a Judas Scum and all this nonsense about not joining Liverpool but then saying he is considering city shows just how stupid he is. I would burn a Tevez shirt if I had one now, Heinze mark 2?

  13. Scott the Red says:

    NickOGS – We offered a sum of money that would make him the most expensive player in British history. How can you argue we didn’t really want him?

  14. NickOGS20 says:

    We did? How? £25.5m is less than Berbatov, Rooney, Ferdinand, Veron, Shevchenko…

  15. Costas says:


    It was going to be added to the 6 million we already gave for him 2 years ago. That’s what would have made him the biggest signing in the club’s history.But he didn’t deserve to be more expensive than the players that you mentioned anyway.

  16. Red Yank says:

    I don’t think this was about more money but more playing time, perhaps Tevez feels he’s a better player than one whose brought in to be an impact player. I knew he would be going no matter what because his point of contention was not being given more time to play. What bothers me is he went out like with no class, he resorted to making silly comments in the media rather than deciding to leave but doing so with respect for the fans who sang for him and the club that allowed him to earn league and European glory. Well he can piss of to The Massive and get all of the starts he wants and learn that 10th place is 10th place regardless if you start or not.

  17. smithy99 says:

    To quote NickOGS20…..

    “To be honest I’m not entirely convinced the club really wanted Tevez to stay”.

    I agree with you 100% Nick. I think if Fergie had REALLY wanted the player to stay, the player WOULD have stayed and a deal would have been sorted a long time ago. The signing of Berbatov was the straw that broke the camels back in Tevez’s case and i think even back then in September, he knew his time was up at Old Trafford.

  18. NickOGS20 says:

    Costas – the loan and any permanent transfer are entirely different transactions – we’re not getting the loan fee back now we’re not signing him are we?

  19. Scott the Red says:

    The money we offered meant we would have paid £34.5m for him in total. Why on earth would United offer to pay £34.5m for a player we didn’t really want? As Kia conceded, what we offered Tevez was a great deal. He would be one of our top earners, certainly earning more than the likes of Fletcher, Carrick, Vidic etc. Why would we do that if we didn’t really want him? That makes NO SENSE whatsoever.

  20. King Eric says:

    Another mercenary Argie bites the dust. Fuck him. His behaviour at Old Trafford against Arsenal was both disgraceful and embarrasing. I can safely say I was NOT one of these plastics that chanted “Fergie, Fergie sign him up” over the top of Sir Alex’s speech. I am glad he has not accepted our offer as there is no way he deserves that kind of package. The highest paid United player. Who does he think he is?

    Take a leaf out of our reserves managers book pal. Ole has more class in his little finger than that mercenary little cunt. We all sound bitter and it is probably amusing to the dippers and Citeh but it is not bitterness. Just a reluctance to spend £25+ million and make him our highest earner for a return of 5 league goals. He ain’t worth it and the way he has engineered to get the fans onside at the expense of the club’s integrity and Sir Alex it just does not sit well. Onwards and upwards now for next season. I cannot wait. He will not get any response from me next season.

  21. Costas says:

    NickOGS20: I think its a matter of how highly Kia rates him.The buyout clause for us was 26 million because we already payed the 6(or 9 whatever it was)million.If he pimps him to City,he won’t ask for 26million.He will ask for 32million.In this case i think we have to look at the fee as a whole.

  22. Marq says:

    I don’t understand what this arguement is about, since we all think it is a good thing Tevez didn’t sign. Let’s leave it at that, peace & period

  23. Halo says:

    Please don’t forget that at board level we have handled this whole situation horrendously. Everybody knew the terms and we have made all the right noises at completely the wrong time. We gave him ten days to consider an offer and then pulled it from the table.

    He put everything he had into his performances, good luck to him wherever he goes.

  24. Bob Yazid says:

    Wow… So many comments made! Personally… Good riddance Tevez! He’s not worth the bother nor the money and we can buy someone that’s younger, more talented and for sure not so bloody selfish!


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