• Premier League

Tevez issues fresh quit threat

ESPN staff
November 26, 2010
Carlos Tevez has spoken of his frustration with life in football © PA Photos

Carlos Tevez has cast fresh doubt on his future by claiming he is no longer in love with football and will walk away from the game in his prime.

The striker has cut a frustrated figure off the field this season, in stark contrast to his efforts for Manchester City as he has led the line with his trademark determination and quality with nine goals.

He has spoken of how he is homesick and tired of making long trips away with the Argentina side and now he has claimed once again that he will not be playing well into his 30s.

"I don't want to play any more," he is quoted as saying in the Irish Examiner. "I'm tired of football, but also tired of people who work in football. I don't want to play any more, and I'm talking seriously.

"Football is only about money, and I don't like it. There are so many agents with really young footballers... it's awful, as these young players are not interesting in winning titles, they only want money. The young players think that they have won something in football because they have two mobile phones and a house. Today, there are many bad people in the football business, and you have to fight with them all the time. I'm tired of that too."

Tevez has launched a withering attack on the young players coming into the game. He said: "Today, the young players have no education at all, and I don't want to listen to them. When I played in Boca, when [Martin] Palermo or [Juan Roman] Riquelme talked, I listened to them. So I don't want a young player to tell me 'why did you do that?' in the dressing-room. I would punch him, as I have won 13 titles in my career.

"I'm going to play football for three or four years in Europe, then I will quit. I would play for Boca again only if my father asks me to do it, but I don't want to play in Argentina again. If you ask me, I would love to have my old life back in my neighbourhood of Fuerte Apache as I don't like my way of life today.

"I don't want to suffer any more, I just want to be calm, I want some peace. But at the moment, football feels like a job for me."

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