Patrice Evra has come up with a novel way of keeping Carlos Tevez at Manchester United - lock him up.
Tevez appeared to be waving a tearful goodbye to Old Trafford as he helped celebrate the Red Devils 18th league championship win.
Once again the South American gave everything in pursuit of the goalless draw that eventually confirmed yet another Premier League medal.
But the slow shake of the head when his number 32 was raised to be replaced by Park Ji-sung, and the double-handed wave that followed suggested it was his final home appearance for United.
Not that his good friend Evra is ready to concede defeat just yet.
"I will try to persuade Carlos to stay," said the France full-back.
"We need him and the fans love him.
"I speak with him every day. He won’t go anywhere because I will keep him in my house."
Clearly a popular figure in the United dressing room, Tevez will be missed both by team-mates and fans should he eventually decide his future lies elsewhere.
Well over two hours after the final rasp of Mike Dean’s whistle had confirmed a record-equalling 18th league title for the Red Devils, a group of around 100 jubilant United fans remained outside the main reception area bellowing their now oft-repeated chant "Fergie, sign him up", followed by "Argentina".
Aside from financial considerations, complicated by Tevez’s unusual ownership status, it seems the former West Ham star is simply fed up of being either a substitute or substituted.
Tevez has expressed his frustration at the situation, and his lack of first-team action, on a number of occasions in recent weeks.
On Saturday he went further in an interview with Argentinian TV station TYC, saying: "I know that I am not going to continue at Manchester United.
"I feel that they have lacked respect towards me. There are ways in which the club is managed that I don’t understand.
"When you don’t agree with the manager in how the club is run... I don’t have faith in a lot of things that.
“It’s emotional," added Tevez.
"I like Manchester, and I like the fans. But maybe it is goodbye. It is very difficult."
Chief executive David Gill must now try to resolve the impasse over turning the current loan arrangement into a permanent transfer although, in truth, if Tevez cannot handle being rotated in a squad the size of United’s, little can be done as Sir Alex Ferguson is hardly going to weaken it.
"I would not have said he was waving goodbye," said United assistant-boss Mike Phelan.
"He is one of many players who is very happy with the result and the support they have given him."
As for being confident Tevez would still be a Red Devils when the bid to become the first side to win four successive English titles, Phelan skirted around the issue.
"We are confident all our players will be here next season," he said. "He is a quality player. We like those at Manchester United, so hopefully, something can be sorted out."