“Fergie, sign him up, Fergie, Fergie, sign him up!” chant the Stretford End after every Carlos Tevez shot, run or tackle. He is well-loved by our fans and we are desperate for him to be a permanent fixture in our team.

For whatever reason, the club are stalling though, leaving Tevez fairly unsettled. He still gives 100% on the pitch, but whenever asked about his future, he is quick to acknowledge that nothing is set in stone.

In the summer, David Gill said Tevez’s contract would be sorted out by December, yet here we are in February, appearing to be no closer to resolving the situation, despite spending £17 million on two unknown Serbs in the transfer window.

Tevez clearly isn’t best pleased but is focussed on achieving with United this season, regardless of what the future holds.

“I said in the summer that United could win all the competitions and we are on track,” said Tevez. “Liverpool are our key rivals. The title is now between us and them but we are playing better than them at the moment. Despite all the changes because of injury, our performances haven’t changed. That is vital because it shows that we are an excellent squad capable of winning any competition. Now I am thinking only about the present. My future is open and I will not decide anything until the end of the season. Next season I will be playing football but I still don’t know at which club. Some European clubs have sounded out my agents, but I am not committed to anybody.”

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