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Tevez joins Man City, criticises Ferguson

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Tevez joins Man City, criticises Ferguson

MANCHESTER, England – Argentina striker Carlos Tevez signed for Manchester City on Tuesday and used his first news conference at the big-spending Premier League club to criticise Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson.

The 25-year-old, who spent two years at Old Trafford under a lease agreement, said Ferguson had not done enough to persuade him to stay at the champions.

City paid a reported 25.5 million pounds for Tevez whose “economic rights” were owned by agent Kia Joorabchian.

“Alex never called me or sent me any text messages,” Tevez, who signed a five-year contract, said. “The only time he spoke to me was after the match against Roma because we had to discuss me playing for Argentina.

“I don’t think that is the way to treat a player who has been two years at the club.”

Ferguson said on Monday that he had personally tried to contact Tevez in January about extending his stay at United but that the striker had ignored his calls.

Tevez was the third major pre-season signing for City who are owned by Abu Dhabi billionaire Sheikh Mansour after midfielder Gareth Barry and striker Roque Santa Cruz.

City manager Mark Hughes confirmed that the club had also opened talks with Arsenal about buying Togo striker Emmanuel Adebayor.

“There’s been contact and there is a deal to be done possibly but it’s not been concluded as we speak here,” Hughes said.

GOOD PROPOSAL

Tevez was a firm favourite at Old Trafford, scoring 34 goals in 98 appearances but often had to make do with a place on the bench. He was among the substitutes for the Champions League final defeat by Barcelona in May.

He said City’s potential was a major factor in him moving across the city.

“Both the technical department and the ownership came with a very good proposal for me and this showed that they have the ambition to become one of the biggest clubs in the world,” he said.

“Money was not a factor for me.”

With Paraguay international Santa Cruz and possibly Adebayor in the squad next season, Tevez may have to fight for his place.

“In every team you have to win the respect of your team mates and sweat the shirt,” he said. “I would not be happy if I was assured a first-team place.”

City have been linked with Chelsea captain John Terry but Hughes would not be drawn on the speculation surrounding the England defender.

“I have fantastic respect for John Terry, as a great player and as an outstanding captain. But he is a Chelsea player at this moment in time so we have to respect that,” he said.

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“Talisman” Terry not for sale at any price, say Chelsea

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“Talisman” Terry not for sale at any price, say Chelsea

LONDON, July 16- Chelsea captain John Terry will be leading the Premier League club for years to come no matter how much Manchester City offer for him, chief executive Peter Kenyon said on Wednesday.

“We’re not going to sell John, so from that point of view it’s really irrelevant what another club will offer,” Kenyon told Sky News.

He added: “I don’t know what they (City) are offering but I’m confident that John is going to remain with us. John is a talisman, he’s the heart of Chelsea.”

City, who signed Argentine forward Carlos Tevez on Tuesday for a reported 25.5 million pounds ($41.79 million), had an offer for the 28-year-old England captain rejected at the beginning of July after originally making contact in January.

“He’s too important to us and we’re very confident that he’ll be leading us forward in the years to come,” Kenyon said of Terry.

The signings of Tevez and Roque Santa Cruz have boosted City’s forward line and manager Mark Hughes must now strengthen his defence in preparation for a bid for Champions League qualification next season.

Kenyon also added that rather than sell, the west London club could look to sign ahead of next season.

“You’re always looking to bring in a bit of freshness and this season is no different. The coach himself would probably like to influence the way we play with another player.”

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