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Confusion Over United's Tevez 'Offer'

MANCHESTER United manager Alex Ferguson says Carlos Tevez has been given an offer to remain at the club, a claim dismissed by the striker's representatives.

The Argentina international said at the weekend that he was resigned to leaving United when his two-year loan deal expires because there has been no attempt to negotiate a transfer deal.

But after praising Tevez's substitute appearance at Wigan, Ferguson said progress has been made by the club's chief executive David Gill.

"He is a fantastic player - he knows I want him to stay," Ferguson said. "David Gill has had a good meeting and I have spoken to him. We have given him an offer and we hope he accepts. The problem is we are not negotiating with a football club."

Tevez's adviser Kia Joorabchian, who brought Tevez to England in 2006 through a controversial loan move to West Ham, is leading negotiations.

"It is true David Gill came to see Mr. Joorabchian and they had a cordial meeting," said a statement from Tevez's advisers. "It is categorically untrue that Manchester United made an offer to try to persuade Carlos Tevez to stay at the club.

"In 2007 Manchester United agreed a two-year loan deal for Carlos Tevez and at the same time agreed the terms that would make the transfer permanent. They have not taken up that option."


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