After seven controversial, yet successful, inflammatory seasons, Carlos Tevez is set to wave goodbye to English football as he’s poised to join Serie A champions Juventus for a deal worth an initial £7.6m.
The Argentine has thrilled and infuriated in equal measure since arriving from Corinthians in 2006 and the only surprising aspect about his decision to leave the Premier League is that it didn’t come earlier.
“He is an extraordinary player, capable, with great technique and talent,” said former City manager Roberto Mancini. “He will certainly do well at Juventus. I can’t wait to see him in action in Italy.”
So, what can Juventus and Serie A fans expect from the 29-year-old?
Like him or loathe him, Tevez’s attitude on the pitch is unquestionable. Fans love nothing more than a striker who’s still running around after 89 minutes like a Duracell bunny high on caffeine and the Argentine fits the bill perfectly.
2) Inadequate interviews
Despite spending six years in England, Tevez developed an absurdly stubborn refusal to learn the language, to the point where he makes Mauricio Pochettino sound fluent in English.
Italian should present him with as many problems but don’t expect the former Manchester City striker to be too eloquent during interviews, although he could do worse things than learning the Italian for “constabulary” – just in case he gets caught driving without licence again.
Tevez hated Manchester, its rain and what he perceived as a lack of interesting to do, so it’s hard to fathom why he believes things will be different in the North West of Italy. Turin’s old town is awash with architectural and historical beauties, but Carlos Tevez doesn’t strike us a man very much attracted by Baroque architecture or Roman ruins.
Furthermore Turin might not see as much rain as Manchester, but its winters can be rigorous and foggy, meaning that it wouldn’t be too strange to hear Carlitos complaining about the cold and his desire to return to Argentina, after being left on the bench for a meaningless Coppa Italia fixture.
Tevez scored seven goals in 22 appearances at West Ham, 34 in 90 at United and 74 in 125 at City, so Juventus fans should be expecting him to find the net quite regularly too. Furthermore, the Old Lady is head and shoulders above the other Serie A teams and with former Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente also arriving in Turin, their strike force will be one to be reckoned with.
From taking six months off to play golf, to being involved in touchline altercations with Gary Neville, Tevez has never made things easy for himself in England. In the worst case scenario for Juventus fans, Antonio Conte replaces Tevez with 30 minutes to go, the Argentine makes his opinion clear and then sets off for Argentina, before returning to help Juventus to their third consecutive Scudetto.
Expect Conte to utter the words “He’ll never play for me again.”
6) Claims that he wants to join Inter Milan
This scenario is highly unlikely as Tevez is set to sign a three-year deal, by the end of which he’ll be 32 and probably poised to return to Argentina. However, should the former City man demand a better contract in, say, 12 months time, expect him to begin agitating for a move to Inter or AC Milan should Juventus refuse to meet his demands.
After completing his move across Western Italy, Tevez will then proceed to taunt his former fans.
Adios Carlos, some of us will miss you, others won’t. Serie A, Juventus, Italy, you’ve all been warned.
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