Tevez back in “expensive” Manchester and its wet weather

MANCHESTER, England, (Reuters) – Unsettled striker  Carlos Tevez returned to Manchester City yesterday and the  English city he had sworn he would never return to.
The Argentine has made no secret of his desire to leave the  big-spending Premier League club, complaining of home sickness  and saying there was nothing to do in Manchester and that the  weather was bad.

Television pictures showed Tevez arriving at the club’s  training ground after a holiday following his spell on  international duty at the Copa America, having missed City’s 3-2  defeat by Manchester United in the Community Shield on Sunday. There has been daily speculation in the newspapers about the  future of Tevez, who had seemed poised for a move to Corinthians  before the Brazilian club pulled out last month.

The 27-year-old, whose work ethic and goals had made him a  popular figure among City supporters, upset fans with scathing  comments on an Argentine chat show in June.
Manchester “has nothing” and is “very expensive”, he said on  the show according to local media, adding: “I’m never going back  to Manchester, not even on holiday, not for anything.”

Tevez, who joined City from United in 2009, had said last  December that he wanted to quit the club, before withdrawing his  transfer request a few days later and setting about helping the  side win the FA Cup, their first trophy for 35 years.

The forward, joint top scorer in the Premier League last  season with 20 goals as City finished third, then issued a  statement last month saying he wanted to leave, saying he was  finding it hard living without his children in Manchester.

His return to City seems unlikely to stop the transfer  rumour mill, particularly since the recent arrival of national  team mate Sergio Aguero, seen as a natural replacement for him. City kick off their league season at home to promoted  Swansea City next Monday and assistant manager David Platt has  said Tevez was unlikely to start.

“I think it’ll be tight,” Platt told Sky Sports News. “But  Carlos is a strange one, in the sense he doesn’t need a lot of  time to get back fit… so we’ll see.”

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