Tevez wants happy end to Hammers career

January 31, 2007

BUENOS AIRES, Jan 31 (Reuters) - Argentine forward Carlos Tevez said on Wednesday he was determined to avoid a repeat of his controversial exits from Boca Juniors and Corinthians if he eventually leaves English premier league West Ham United.

'I want to leave the club on good terms,' Tevez, 22, said in an interview with Radio La Red.

'I didn't leave Boca or Brazil very well. So, this time, on the day that I leave, I want to do it well.'

Tevez joined West Ham last year in a shock move from Corinthians, where he won the Brazilian championship in 2005.

Tevez's departure came shortly after the arrival of controversial coach Emerson Leao who immediately stripped him of the captaincy, claiming that Tevez's Brazilian team mates could not understand him.

Tevez played one more game, then walked out on the club and returned to Buenos Aires.

One month earlier, Tevez celebrated a goal by making a 'be-quiet' gesture to Corinthians supporters who had barracked the team. On leaving the stadium, his car was kicked by angry fans waiting for him at the gate.

'I don't want them to say that I'm always in conflict,' added Tevez.

The Argentine international, however, declined to say if or when he would be leaving struggling West Ham.

'My wish is to help get the club out of this position and save them from relegation,' he said.

'The public like me a lot and that gives me the desire to stay.'

Tevez has not played since Jan. 13 when he limped out of the 3-3 draw against Fulham with a calf injury.

He has been left out of the Argentina squad for next week's friendly against France in Paris, a decision which upset him despite the injury.

'I don't know why I'm not in the squad,' he said. 'I can't find any reason and I haven't spoken to (coach Alfio) Basile.'