Serie A league leaders and current champions Juventus must beware Carlos Tevez’s emotional bond with former club West Ham United when it comes to keeping the Argentinean at the club.
The forward has been increasingly linked with a move away from Massimiliano Allegri’s side, with another ex-club Boca Juniors also reportedly eager to snare him away.
However despite being unstoppable in front of goal this season the Old Lady now face a huge fight to keep him at the club, and must do their utmost to convince him to stay in Turin.
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West Ham allegiance
Given Juventus’ current domestic domination of Italian football it would be somewhat of a surprise if their talisman departs in the summer, but his links to his former clubs could be key in determining where he will be playing his football next season.
He was first brought to West Ham back in the summer of 2006, where he and fellow Corinthians teammate Javier Mascherano were signed by Alan Pardew in a stunning deal ahead of the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea who had been eager to sign the young duo.
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Whilst Mascherano left halfway through the season to join Rafael Benitez’s Liverpool, Tevez remained at Upton Park and embarked on a late season scoring spree to keep the Hammers in the Premier League, scoring the winner against United on the last day of the season to keep them up at the expense of Sheffield United.
A move to Sir Alex Ferguson’s side then consequently followed in the summer, but he has always retained a good link with the fans of his former side and could be convinced to move their by their adoring fan base, with the prospect of the Olympic Stadium a thrusting factor.
Tevez is the leading goalscorer in Serie A this term alongside Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi, having netted 15 times in 25 appearances, providing seven assists along the way.
However he is not one for prolonged stays having left United for Manchester City, only to cut short his time there after a series of disputes with Roberto Mancini after helping them win both the FA Cup and Premier League title.
His homeland of Argentina, the country where he spent the majority of his time when he exiled himself from City in 2011, is where his heart truly lies. Boca were his first love and the first club where he truly announced himself onto the footballing stage.
A shot at winning the Coppa Liberatores, the South American version of the Champions League, may turn his head as well. It would be another glittering honour to add to his list, and could even help him nail down a place in the Argentinean national team once again.
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