Date:Wednesday February 18 2009
Carlos Tevez has once again stressed that he would love to stay at Manchester United for years. The Argentinian striker is still only on loan at United but he's eager to get that permanent deal at Old Trafford.
'I have the head start in Manchester and my idea is to stay here for a few more years,' Tevez told Argentina's Radio del Plata. 'It is very difficult to leave one of the world's biggest clubs.
'We've had talks with Manchester, but nothing has been signed yet. Both sides have decided to wait for June to find a definitive solution. The conversations have been with the directors and not with Ferguson.'
Which, in my opinion, means that it is Sir Alex Ferguson who is still not convinced by Carlos Tevez's worth to the team. If the directors were given the go-ahead by Fergie they would surely negotiate a deal instead of making Tevez wait until June.
Of course there is an alternative explanation: that Fergie wants Tevez but the club is unwilling to commit the funds in the current uncertain economic climate, that's why Tevez will have to wait.
This explanation is less likely in the face of the results recently published which show that United's turnover has risen again and record annual profits are expected. I cannot really believe that Fergie would be turned down by the board if he gave his full backing to the transfer of Carlos Tevez.
Old Trafford's opinion on the subject is clear though: the fans want Ferguson and the board to complete the signing of Tevez. It's understandable that most of us feel this way: Tevez's commitment, passion and his personality makes him one of the most likeable footballers around. He scored important goals last season and now he's talking about how difficult it would be to leave United. How can you not love such a player?
But if Fergie indeed has reservations about Carlitos a very tiny part of me can't help but say that he's got a point. I'd love Carlos Tevez to stay at Old Trafford but I am not burdened with responsibility. Sir Alex must see that Carlos' first touch is not first-class by any means and his pace is way behind that of Ronaldo or even Rooney and he's not as intelligent on the field as Berbatov.
So yes, I see him as our third best striker behind Berbatov and Rooney. But with four trophies to play for, rotation, injuries and everything this should not be an issue because he's good enough to play at Old Trafford and he would love to do so. But there's a little problem here.
As I admitted, his attitude is first-class and he even accepts a role on the bench without moaning. Which is very good as he's, I repeat, inferior to Rooney and Berba in my eyes. The problem is that usually he cannot be anywhere near his best as a substitute. He's no Ole Solskjaer; he needs to know that his place in the team is secure in order to produce his best form. He's willing to die on the pitch for United - but on occasions a more relaxed attitude would be a lot more useful.
But I'm not Alex Ferguson, I do not have a responsibility, I am a fan, so: Fergie, sign him up!
Date:Wednesday February 18 2009
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