Former Premier League star Carlos Tevez has admitted that he was on the verge of joining La Liga giants Atletico Madrid last summer before committing his future to Boca Juniors.
The Argentine forward previously played in Europe for West Ham, Manchester United, Manchester City and most recently, Juventus until the end of the season.
He has revealed having a conversation with Rojiblancos manager Diego Simeone and the prospect of playing in Spain interested the striker but he could not turn down an offer from his boyhood club Boca Juniors.
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Speaking to Marca, Tevez said: “[Simeone] called me and I was excited about the idea.”
“Playing in Spain is something that is pending in my career, but I could not say no to Boca.”
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The 32-year-old also revealed that Real Madrid, too, showed a desire to sign him prior to his last season with the Old Lady.
“Last year the only offer I had in Spain was from Atletico, but before that [Real] Madrid expressed interest in me.”
Tevez cited family reasons for choosing to return to his homeland, where he has begun to find feet, scoring five goals from his 12 games for the Argentine champions so far.
He added: “My daughter Flor is 11 years old and it got harder to say goodbye to grandparents, uncles, cousins. When her grandmother came to Italy and had to go, it was very hard for my daughter.”
However, it hasn't been all plain sailing for Tevez, who has also been criticised for some of his below-par performances.
“It is normal, the press is the same with Cristiano [Ronaldo] or [Lionel] Messi in Spain.”
“When [their teams] lose they are seen as guilty. I do not hide and I know the rules of the game.”
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Despite his age, the 32-year-old is still regarded as a quick, powerful, dynamic and versatile forward who still has an eye for goal.
The former talisman who divided Manchester is particularly strong at holding the ball up, finishing and can take a deadly set-piece, so would have certainly been a strong addition to Simeone's title-chasing Atletico.
After his controversial, but generally successful stints with both Manchester clubs, Tevez decided to move to Italy and guided Juventus to consecutive Serie A titles and the Champions League final in 2015.
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