Tevez: Football’s now full of bad people

MANCHESTER CITY captain Carlos Tevez has stunned the club by admitting he has fallen out of love with football and will quit the game in his prime.

The Argentine forward has been City’s key player this season but admits he has been struggling to motivate himself since his country’s disappointment at the World Cup.

And now Tevez has delivered the bombshell that Eastlands fans will have been dreading.

“I don’t want to play anymore,” he said last night. “I’m tired of football, but also tired of people who work in football. I don’t want to play anymore, and I’m talking seriously.”

Tevez who is the Premier League top scorer with nine goals (almost half of Manchester City’s total of 19), has been central to his team’s success this season.

In a stinging attack on the nature of the game today, he blasted: “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 cell 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.

“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.”

Last month, Tevez was involved in a furious row with coach Roberto Mancini and he admitted that he had been playing under a cloud from which he is struggling to escape. “The World Cup still hurts me and I’m afraid it is going to hurt me for a long time,” he said back then.

Winning the league title in his first season at Manchester United appears to have dampened his desire to repeat that success with City.

“I have won all the titles for the clubs I have played with, but I have won nothing with the national team yet. So, when you have won so many titles, it is really hard to find a new motivation,” he told TyC Sports.

“I don’t want to suffer anymore, 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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