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Tevez unhappy over United contract saga

Soccernet staff

Manchester United striker Carlos Tevez has risked the wrath of Sir Alex Ferguson by reacting to the manager's comments regarding his contract situation.

Tevez, 24, has revealed his disappointment at speculation that he had rejected a new offer from the Premier League champions, and reiterated his desire for his future to be sorted.

''I didn't like him (Ferguson) saying I didn't like the offer I was made because neither my agent nor me were given one,'' the Argentina international, whose deal runs out in the summer, told Radio del Plata.

''I don't know anything on my future. United know what they must pay if they want me to stay.

''I want to stay but the club have not made any offer. I've been waiting for them for a year and a half.

The ongoing saga has prompted reports that Tevez, who joined United from West Ham in 2007, is a target of Real Madrid, and the forward added: ''If I have to quit the club, I want to quit on good terms.''

''Now all clubs are on an equal footing. If a club comes to me and offers me a five-year deal, I will accept it for peace of mind.

''I will sign my last contract, and then I figure that I'll go back to Boca (Juniors.) That could be in four or five years.''

''I want everybody to know no offer has been made. I don't like that they are playing with our fans, who show their love to me in each match.''

On Tuesday evening Tevez agent, Kia Joorabchian, defended his client's comments, saying the forward has not created any problems at the club or with Ferguson, but was vague when asked if Tevez would be at Old Trafford past the end of this campaign.

''It's very hard to predict,'' Joorabchian told BBC Radio Five Live Sport. ''It's football. Things change by the minute, by the hour. It's not a no. You never know.

''All Carlos said in the interview was that it was not true, he has not rejected an offer from Manchester United, he has not made crazy demands. He just wanted the fans and the people to know that we haven't had any contract talks.

''That's the bottom line. He wanted to say 'How could I reject something if I've never spoken about it'?

''Carlos has never made an issue or a problem. He doesn't have a problem at all with Sir Alex. He's never had a fight with Sir Alex or any arguments.

''All of these things are being created around a simple story that Carlos wanted to put straight.''

Joorabchian denied any contact had been made with other clubs, stressing that Tevez is focusing on his duties with United.

''I think we've made it very clear until now that we've always said he's a Man United player and if anybody wants to buy Carlos or talk about Carlos they must talk to Man United,'' he continued.

''We're not in the process of people trying to contact us etc etc. We've never entertained any conversations or chats with (other clubs) about him.

''The fact is that he's got six months left on his contract and he's happy to see that through and as he said he wants to win the title again, the Champions League again. He wants to win an FA Cup and now even the Carling Cup so he's very up for trying to get as many trophies as he can.''

Joorabchian added: ''He's saying 'I'm happy to continue doing what I do best. If I get a new contract and everything works out, fantastic. If it doesn't, I'll go to another club'.''

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