CARLOS TEVEZ believes the vitriolic reception he received from Manchester United supporters at Old Trafford last week justified his decision to leave the club for rivals Manchester City.
The Argentine was subjected to fierce abuse from his former fans, who are still furious at his decision to reject extending his stay ay United and instead move to City in a £25 million (€27 million) deal.
Now his City team-mate Pablo Zabaleta has claimed Tevez told him the spiteful response from the supporters justifies his decision.
“I know Carlos very well. We were friends last year, even though he was at United and I was at City, so I know his situation,” said Zabaleta.
“The United fans blame Carlos but they should not because he was happy there. He wanted to stay. But United missed their chance. And when it became clear City wanted him more than United did, his decision was made.
“Carlos has always been a player who gives his team 100%.
“He helped West Ham to stay in the Premier League and the fans still love him there and he respects them.
“He gave United everything as well. He won the Premier League for them and the Champions’ League.
“He helped them be successful. To be treated as he was at Old Trafford made him understand he made the right choice when he came to City.
“Now, Carlos knows the fans weren’t genuine. He felt it was not his fault he left the club.
“People say Carlos joined City because he wanted money. No, Carlos came here because he saw this was a club that would reach the top very quickly. The City fans love him. They love him even more because he rejected United and now he wants to make history in blue.”
United, meanwhile, are reported to be closing in on the signature of Grenoble starlet Sofiane Feghouli.
The 19-year-old has been dubbed the ‘new Zidane’ by French media.
The attacking midfielder insisted he was happy to continue playing in France, but his recent decision to criticise Grenoble fans for not backing the side – bottom of Ligue 1 – leaves his future in doubt.
The youngster was expected to depart last summer with Barcelona, Liverpool and Inter Milan monitoring his situation.
However, reports in France suggest Alex Ferguson has upped his interest in the star and could bid for Feghouli in January.
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