Corinthians play down interest in Manchester City striker

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Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez will not be re-signing for Corinthians at the end of the season, according to the Brazilian club's director of football, Edu Gaspar.

Sky Sports reports how the 29-year-old has been heavily linked with a move away from the Etihad Stadium this summer, with speculation suggesting he could return to South America.

Brian Marwood - the reigning Premier League champions' football administration officer - spoke out last month to quash rumours that Tevez is set to leave Manchester City, adding that negotiations had been planned to extend the Argentinian's contract, which still has over 12 months to run.

Roberto Mancini will be keen to keep hold of the striker, having already lost Mario Balotelli during the January transfer window.

With 16 goals in 38 appearances in all competitions in 2012/13, Tevez has rediscovered the sort of form that he showed in his debut campaign with Manchester City, after making the controversial switch from local rivals Manchester United.

But, despite his profile, and ability to find the back of the net, Corinthians insist they have no plans to bring Tevez back to the club he spent two years at prior to arriving in the Premier League, when he signed for West Ham in 2006.

"At this moment we have no interest in Tevez, we'll sign players for the positions we need," Gaspar was quoted by Lancenet and Terra.  "We don't seek a player because he is or might become important. 

"If we need a player and we see that is someone who we need, we go after him. We will fight to sign him.

"Our idea is to keep the club always on the top. If we are not the best, we have to fight to be among the best.

"Many people said that Corinthians didn't need to make signings, but we brought in three great players - Pato, Renato Augusto and Gil."



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