WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

The extracts on this page are taken from selected national newspapers. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Manchester United.

Papers: Reds must buy Tev

19/03/2009 08:40

No-go on new Tevez loan deal
Manchester United will not be able to renew their loan deal with Carlos Tevez.  In fact, the only way the Premier League champions can keep the 25-year-old Argie striker after this season is to buy him – and the asking price is £32million. Tev is allowed to play for the Red Devils because he signed a two-year loan deal before new Premier League rules came into force last June. Those regulations forbid similar loan arrangements, where players are owned by third parties and not a club. Tevez is still owned by agent Kia Joorabchian. Tevez will now go to the highest bidder at the end of the season – but he will not be able to play beyond this summer unless a club buys out his registration. They will then play him – or loan him out.
Antony Kastrinakis, The Sun

The Guardian
report Sir Alex will stay at United for “another year or two”. When asked when he would step down as Reds boss, Ferguson said: “Not for a while. I'm 67 now and my health's good. I still have the drive and the energy. I've been here more than 22 years, but I still get a buzz arriving at the training ground. I still get that tingle when the team bus draws up at an away ground before a big match.”

Meanwhile, ahead of Friday’s Champions League draw, football pundit and former Liverpool player Alan Hansen claims in the Daily Mirror that Rafa Benitez’s men are “the team to beat”. He says: “They’ve proved domestically and in Europe that their best XI is more than a match for top-class opposition.”

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