Manchester City has rejected captain Carlos Tevez’s request for a transfer, the club confirmed on Sunday morning.
The Argentina star has reportedly become disenchanted with several senior figures at the club, including chief executive Garry Cook and manager Roberto Mancini, and is determined to leave Eastlands.
The 26-year-old forward recently admitted he desperately misses his children, who live in Argentina, and also spoken about retiring from football.
Tevez is believed to have been considering his future for some time and could leave the club in the January transfer window.
A statement from the club on Sunday read: “It is with disappointment that we confirm to our supporters that Carlos Tevez has submitted a written transfer request. The Club can also confirm that the request has been rejected.”
“The Club remains disappointed by this situation and particularly with the actions of Carlos’ representative.”
“Roberto Mancini and all at the Club have shown, and will continue to show, sensitivity to Carlos’ personal circumstances including the issue of his family being based overseas. Indeed following his suspension as a result of the game against Bolton, Carlos requested, and was given, special dispensation by the Manager to take leave overseas.”
“The written transfer request is in stark contrast to Carlos’ stated position in both public and club contexts. Significantly, over recent months, the Club has also received numerous requests from Carlos’ representative to renegotiate and improve his playing contract as well as more recently a request to extend that contract by another year.”
“However, in line with the Club’s policy of not negotiating playing contracts mid-season this has not been granted. Carlos’ current five-year contract has three-and-a-half years to run and he is the highest paid player at the Manchester City Football Club.”
“This is both an unfortunate and unwelcome distraction and the Club will remain focused on the games ahead in what is turning out to be a very promising season. The door remains open for Carlos to be selected to play.”
Tevez has scored 33 goals in 50 Premier League appearances for City since moving from Manchester United.