Premier League - Homesick Tevez 'wants to leave'

Wed, 27 Oct 09:02:00 2010

Manchester City striker Roque Santa Cruz claims that Carlos Tevez is so homesick that he wants to leave Eastlands and return to Argentina.

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The Guardian, Daily Mirror and Daily Star all run big headlines with the shocking news, which comes from a Spanish radio interview with Tevez's Paraguayan team-mate.

"Your heart goes out to his family," Santa Cruz said when asked about Tevez. "He wants to be among his people, who are in Argentina.

"His siblings and his daughters are also there. When you feel that your homeland is calling you back, you could end up giving up everything to return."

Santa Cruz also goes on to confirm that he too is hankering for an exit, admitting that he is desperate to leave in January after making just 20 appearances since joining the side in the summer of 2009.

"Competition for places is great and I'm working every day to try and convince the coach - but I'm still not getting picked," explained the 17.5 million striker.

"I'm not getting the playing time to convince anybody and my priority is to leave in the January transfer market."

If the Daily Mail is to be believed, that wish could be granted in the form of a bid from Fulham boss Mark Hughes, the man who brought Santa Cruz to City, and indeed to English football in the first place while he was at Blackburn.

And spookily enough Blackburn is in the news this morning due to the impending takeover by an Indian company that has made billions in poultry farming, with The Sun's pun editor having run riot on the piece.

"It's a Chicken Tikka-way," runs the story's strapline, going on to add, "Indian Chicken firm Ventry's reckon Blackburn are a golden nugget... the firm have hatched a plan to buy the Ewood Park club in late November, provided there are no late fowl-ups."

In the latest Rooneygate news, the Daily Star and The Sun both run the same front page picture of Coleen Rooney in a bikini (more pictures inside!), albeit accompanying very different stories.

The Sun's piece claims that Wayne Rooney "was never going to leave United", something which he apparently told a fan who accosted him during his holiday in Dubai, and which adds grist to the mill for the paper's sustained campaign to besmirch Rooney's agent Paul Stretford.

The Daily Star takes a different view: "Coleen's 10k boob job" runs the headline, with the piece going on to speculate that Roo has placated his missus by sending her under the knife.

"At least one Rooney has dazzling form up front!" the paper added of what it described as "a new pair of bumper boobs."

Not much transfer gossip around today, but Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti is planning a bid for Shakhtar Donetsk and Croatia full-back Darijo Srna, according to the Daily Mirror, while the same paper reports that Manchester City are tracking Sporting Lisbon defender Daniel Carrico.

Meanwhile, the Daily Mail reports comments from Standard Liege midfielder Steven Defour discussing rumoured interest from Liverpool and Manchester City, with Defour keen to keep playing well so that, "there is a better chance of me leaving."

Finally, The Sun has a bit of fun this morning with yesterday's news that no English players were on the shortlist for the FIFA Ballon d'Or, the newly-merged world player of the year award (combining the original Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year awards).

After running through the details of the miserable year experienced by shortlist regulars such as Wayne Rooney and John Terry, the paper adds a cheeky sidebar piece entitled "How could they miss these three?"... before ladling on the sarcasm with their nominations for blunder keeper Rob Green, goal-shy striker Emile Heskey and perennially-injured Owen Hargreaves.


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