City star issues quit hint ahead of Manchester derby

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Carlos Tevez has created panic at Manchester City after revealing he could quit the Premier League at any time.

Manchester City are desperate to keep hold of their star player, and are preparing to offer him a new contract of £250,000 a week under a five-year deal.

The contract is being offered to the Argentinean international despite the fact that he is already under contract at Eastlands until 2014, as fears that Tevez will either return to Argentina or quit football all together continue to spread.

Reports sounding the player suggest that the Argentina striker is homesick, and is planning to quit Manchester City in order to allow him to spend more time with his two daughters and wife.

He said: “Will I leave the Premier League? It is possible, but I don't have a fixed date.”

“I'm keen to get a bit of calm,” he claimed last year. “I've won a lot. Football has saturated me.

“I'm a little tired of so much football, so much football...I want to enjoy my family a bit.”

These statements appear to be more true than ever at the moment, with Tevez explaining his desire to quit football all together. The news is not what Roberto Mancini will want to hear at Eastlands.

“When I talk about quitting, I mean quitting football, not just the national team. But at the moment I still don't know if this is going to be in one month, one year, three or five years," said Tevez.

"I have the idea of quitting in my mind. Maybe one of these days, I will just wake up and say no more football."

Despite the uncertainty surrounding Tevez's career, he has made it clear that at the moment his mind is only focused on Manchester City's mid-week clash with local rivals Manchester United, telling reporters: "I have fought hard to be in good condition for that game and I'll be ready.

"I have forgotten Ferguson. For me he is the past - if I score any goal I will celebrate.

"I do have respect but this match is very special after what happened last season."

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