Tevez blames Berbatov arrival for problems
Friday 26 June 2009
Carlos Tevez claims he knew his days at Manchester United were numbered when Dimitar Berbatov joined the club.
The Argentina striker will be playing for a new team next season after turning down a five-year contract to remain at Old Trafford.
And he felt Berbatov's arrival from Tottenham last summer, which provided further competition for places up front, proved to him his future did not lie at United.
"I am not sure where I am going to play, but I know for sure that will not be at Manchester (United)," Tevez told TyC Sports television network.
"When I arrived I had to fight for a place like any other player. My first season was good. I was a starter or a substitute, but I respected that.
"But in my second year, after the match against Liverpool, the coach started to overlook me. The fans supported me a lot so I thought that something was going on as my performances were also good. I was a professional.
"I did not feel supported after they signed Berbatov, because I was the man for the job he was bought to do.
"Last year I was the second top-scorer after Cristiano (Ronaldo). We won two titles (the Barclays Premier League and the Carling Cup) and being shut out like this was something that I could not understand."
Tevez added: "They did not ask me to sign the contract. Ferguson told me not be worried about Berbatov's arrival, but I did not like it when he started to put me on the bench often. I gave my life for the Manchester United shirt."
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