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Tevez rejects bumper deal, leaves United

CARLOS Tevez will leave Manchester United after rejecting a five-year contract that would have made him one of the highest paid players at the English Premier League champion.

United said yesterday it had wanted to keep the Argentina striker and was willing to pay 25.5 million pounds (US$41 million) to turn his two-year loan deal into a permanent contract.

But Tevez has decided to leave Old Trafford, having previously said that United disrespected him by not explaining why he was dropped so often from the team.

Tevez wants to continue playing in England and has been linked with United's crosstown rival, Manchester City, which has the financial resources to sign him.

"The club agreed to pay the option price of 25.5 million pounds and offered Carlos a five-year contract, which would have made him one of its highest paid players," United said. "Disappointingly, however, his advisers informed the club that, despite the success he has enjoyed during one of the club's most successful periods, he does not wish to continue playing for Manchester United."

Tevez was brought to England in 2006 through a controversial loan move to West Ham United by the investment company that still owns his rights. He joined United before the 2007-08 season and quickly became a fan favorite, scoring 34 goals in 98 appearances.

Meanwhile, Valencia President Manuel Llorente added the latest twist to David Villa's transfer saga on Friday by declaring the Spain striker was not for sale.

"After weighing up the advantages and disadvantages, we've taken a decision: Villa is the best striker in Europe and we want him to continue with us," Llorente said.

Real Madrid, Barcelona and Chelsea are among the teams vying for Villa.

The 27-year-old Villa, who has scored two goals in two games for Spain at the Confederations Cup in South Africa, said on Wednesday, that he had already made a decision over his future. A day later, Real President Florentino Perez said that it was only a matter of time before the Spaniard joined the team.


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