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Tevez finds Ligue 1 'interesting'

May 20, 2013
By Ian Holyman, France Correspondent

Carlos Tevez has opened the door to a move to Ligue 1, saying there would be "no problem" for him to play in the French top flight.

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Tevez, 29, is out of contract at Manchester City in June 2014 meaning this summer's transfer window will be the last opportunity for the English Premier League club to demand a fee reflecting the Argentine international's market value.

French media reported last week Tevez had already agreed terms with newly-promoted Monaco, and though a move to Paris Saint-Germain was aborted in December 2011, it has not put Tevez off the idea of crossing the Channel.

"There was a little interest from PSG. We didn't reach a deal. That's the reason I didn't sign at Paris. But it's an interesting league, especially as it's evolving quickly. For me, it remains an option. If we talk and reach an agreement, there's no problem for me to play at PSG or in France," he told TF1.

He added that Monaco are "one of France's big clubs. Any player would like to go there. I know [Claudio] Ranieri well. He's showing that he's one of the best coaches in the world".

Tevez is reportedly on a list of potential reinforcements for the principality club which also includes Radamel Falcao and Joao Moutinho.

While the transfer speculation continues to rage, that concerning the future of Monaco coach Ranieri, 61, should now subside. It has been frequently suggested by various French media outlets deposed City boss Roberto Mancini, 48, would replace his compatriot at the Stade Louis II.

However, having clinched a return to Ligue 1 by winning the second-tier title, Ranieri's job is safe. "We're very happy with this season, winning the title and getting back to Ligue 1. We're going to continue with Claudio, who is doing very good work," Vadim Vasilyev, the club's sporting director, told Canal+.

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