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Sunday 17 December 2017

ROQUE: tevez wants to go home

Carlos Tevez is homesick and wants to go home.

That's the opinion of the Manchester City captain's team-mate and close friend, Roque Santa Cruz, who says Tevez "wants to be among his people" in Argentina.

Tevez, who is expected to overcome a calf injury in time to face Wolves at Molineux this weekend, has complained regularly in recent months of his growing disaffection with life as a footballer.

Paraguayan forward Santa Cruz, speaking to the Spanish radio station Cadena Sur, has revealed that Tevez's separation from his family is a sensitive issue for the 26 year-old.

Santa Cruz said: "Your heart goes out to his family. He wants to be among his people, who are in Argentina. His siblings and his daughters are also there. When you feel that your homeland is calling you back, you could end up giving up everything to return.

"Still, I think that he will see it out and fulfil his contract with City before returning home."

Tevez's relationship with City manager Roberto Mancini is fractious, with the two men clashing in the dressing-room during the 2-1 victory against Newcastle at Eastlands this month, and Tevez has voiced his concerns over the Italian's training methods.

Tensions were also heightened between the two while Tevez was on compassionate leave in Argentina in February following the premature birth of the player's daughter, Katie.

Although Tevez had been granted permission by Mancini to return to Buenos Aires during the child's period in intensive care, Mancini's claim that the player's absence had been a "big problem" for the club led to Tevez's representative, Kia Joorabchian, defending his client by insisting a "serious problem with his family" was the sole factor in his 12-day stay in Argentina.

Tevez has been the driving force behind City's impressive start to the season, scoring seven Premier League goals already this campaign and he still has three and a half years to run on his contract.

The player has often stressed his desire to return to Boca Juniors before the end of his career, but City remain confident that Tevez's future at the club is secure.

Santa Cruz admits his own stay at City is likely to come to an end in January, however. The £17m buy from Blackburn has made just one appearance this season.

He said: "I'm not getting the playing time to convince anybody and my priority is to leave in the January transfer market."

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