Belfast Telegraph

Monday 1 September 2014

Tevez will respect City - agent

Carlos Tevez

Carlos Tevez will "respect" Manchester City if he fails to secure his desired move away from the club this summer, according to his agent Kia Joorabchian.

Tevez saw a proposed move to Corinthians fall through on Wednesday, with City claiming the Brazilian club had failed to provide the required bank guarantees on the £40million fee. Joorabchian denied that guarantees were the issue, claiming there were still sticking points over other concerns, but said Tevez would remain calm while he waits for his future to be resolved.

The collapse of the Corinthians deal means Tevez could be forced to remain with City, due to a shortage of suitors who can afford the transfer fee and wages. But Joorabchian said that, while his client was keen to move, he would not cause his current club problems. He told Sky Sports News: "I think Carlos is a very calm person."

He added: "He's neither disappointed nor happy. He's very calm. We waited to see how the deal would be structured and he tried to keep out of it in terms of insisting on anything. Now he'll go on holiday after the Copa America and see what happens.

"There was a concrete offer on the table, and it was very close to being negotiated and agreed, but unfortunately it didn't go through. There's not really any speculation from our standpoint (on what happens next). He's still a City player and he will respect that. We will keep it like that until there's something else concrete on the table."

Since Corinthians announced in the early hours of the morning that the deal was off, City have indicated it was due to the lack of a bank guarantee, with concerns over how the Brazilian club would fund a deal worth four times their previous transfer record.

Joorabchian dismissed that notion, claiming FIFA rules provided enough security for City.

"It had nothing to do with proof of funds," he said. "Obviously there will be active people at City that might try to put some sort of spin on it, but I don't think the top management really believe it. They are both FIFA clubs, both FIFA members, and it would be almost impossible for Corinthians not to pay.

"They are the largest club in Brazil. There would not be any issue with it. It is almost like Barcelona, Real Madrid or Manchester United not paying. They are the largest club in South America and with that kind of revenue, I don't think that would be an issue.

"I do know from speaking to Corinthians that City did ask for a bank guarantee and Corinthians said that would be not be a problem if City would want it. But from Corinthians' point of view, there was no point in doing so until the offer was agreed, and what kind of offer did they want to agree?"

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