By: Kofi Owusu Aduonum
Manchester City captain Carlos Tevez has submitted a written transfer request, which the club has rejected.
The 26-year-old Argentina striker is said to be homesick after four years in England.
“The club remains disappointed by this situation and particularly with the actions of Carlos’ representative,” said a Manchester City statement.
Tevez was suspended on Saturday as City won at West Ham to move level on points with Premier League leaders Arsenal.
He had an angry exchange with manager Roberto Mancini when substituted in the closing moments of his last match against Bolton on 4 December.
The statement continued: “Roberto Mancini and all at the club have shown, and will continue to show, sensitivity to Carlos’ personal circumstances including the issue of his family being based overseas.
“Indeed following his suspension as a result of the game against Bolton, Carlos requested, and was given, special dispensation by the manager to take leave overseas.
“The written transfer request is in stark contrast to Carlos’ stated position in both public and club contexts.
“Significantly, over recent months, the club has also received numerous requests from Carlos’ representative to renegotiate and improve his playing contract as well as more recently a request to extend that contract by another year.
“However, in line with the club’s policy of not negotiating playing contracts mid-season this has not been granted.
Carlos’ current five-year contract has three-and-a-half years to run and he is the highest paid player at Manchester City Football Club.