Friday, May 15, 2009

Tevez saga no nearer a resolution

The ongoing Carlos Tevez saga, will he or won't he sign a contract with United seems no clearer despite Fergie's post-match comments on Wednesday.

The United boss suggested David Gill had met with Tevez's representatives and placed a contract offer on the table but immediately that was denied by Tevez's advisor Kia Joorabchian.

A statement read: "It is true (chief executive) David Gill came to see Mr Joorabchian and they had a cordial meeting.

"It is categorically untrue that Manchester United made an offer to try to persuade Carlos Tevez to stay at the club.

"In 2007 Manchester United agreed a two-year loan deal for Carlos Tevez and at the same time agreed the terms that would make the transfer permanent.

"They have not taken up that option."

Regardless of whether the Argentinian loanee remains at Old Trafford the speculation certainly has not affected his form. Tevez was inspirational for United as he climbed off the bench to grab the equaliser in the 2-1 win over Wigan.

Fergie, who previously had not seemed fully behind Tevez, made it clear he wants him to say - if his post-match quotes at The JJB are to be believed, but the sticking point appears to be as ever a financial one.

Sir Alex and United are understandably unwilling to line the pockets of Joorabchian, who somehow owns the rights to Tevez.

"The fact we're not negotiating with a football club is the problem - we'll see," added the gaffer.

Why on earth the Premier League did not sort out the problems with Tevez's registration when he arrived at West Ham is a mystery and it seems Gill and co are now left with that dirty job.

There will also be no shortage of suitors for Tevez - a fact which Joorabchian is mindful of and he seems intent on making as much profit as possible.

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