We’ve seen it all before. A player refusing to pen a new deal at his current club, only to perform a sensational u-turn once his demands are finally met. Despite sitting firmly atop of Serie A, Juventus must hope Carlos Tevez is no exception to the norm.
The Argentinian is the undisputed talisman of Massimiliano Allegri’s side, and it is with him where their chances of sustaining domestic dominance lie. Despite past controversies at other clubs, his behaviour both on and off the pitch has been exemplary and enough evidence to show why the Old Lady must tie him down for the foreseeable future.
Tevez joined the club last summer from Manchester City after a successful spell in the Premier League. Though question marks over his loyalty often caused controversy – the Argentinian sensationally moved to City from fierce rivals Manchester United – his style of play and promise of goals was enough proof for former manager Antonio Conte to bring him to Turin.
And ever since, it has proved to be a masterstroke. Conte won the club three consecutive Scudetto’s before departing in the summer, yet signing the 30-year-old remains one of his standout achievements. It speaks volumes that a player of his class and calibre can define eras, as he helped do by giving the Italian one final swansong back in May.
His debut at the season saw the silverware roll in with frightening consistency, and he was agonisingly close to winning the Golden Boot only for Ciro Immobile, now of Borussia Dortmund, to pip him to the prize. 21 goals in 48 appearances in all competitions have set him in good stead for this current season, where his form has shown no sign of depleting.
He already has 17 goals in 24 appearances this term, and is on course to beat his best European goal tally of 29 goals – a sum fired during his time at City. Whether or not he beats that record is still to be determined, but Allegri cannot afford to lose such a vital asset so early into his own reign at the club.
It is one of football’s most known secrets that the Argentinean harbours hope of finishing his career at Boca Juniors, but despite his increasing age is still physically and mentally enough to continue to fire within Europe.
So far any attempts to negotiate a new contract have hit the wall – much to fans’ anger and fury – but Allegri is still confident that the player will commit himself to the current Serie A champions for the foreseeable future.
They are reportedly monitoring the ongoings of Radamel Falcao at Manchester United as a possible alternative, but would rather their current goal machine signs on the dotted line.