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14/05/2009 08:50

Papers: Boss hints at Tevez deal

Sir Alex: I want Tevez to stay
Sir Alex Ferguson last night watched Manchester United move within a point of another Barclays Premier League title after a dramatic victory at Wigan, then offered renewed hope that striker Carlos Tevez can be persuaded to stay at Old Trafford. "He knows I want him to stay," said the United manager last night, much to the delight of the club's fans. "I had another chat with him about it today and our chief executive, David Gill, had other meetings as well. I'm sure it has progressed further. The terms we have offered Carlos are good, so we will see." However, a spokesman for Tevez's adviser Kia Joorabchian said last night: "It is true David Gill came to see Mr Joorabchian and they had a cordial meeting. It is categorically untrue that Manchester United made an offer to try and persuade Carlos Tevez to stay at the club. In 2007 they agreed a two-year loan for Carlos and at the same time agreed the terms that would make the transfer permanent. They have not taken up that option."
Ian Ladyman, Daily Mail

The latest developments surrounding Carlos Tevez's contracts dominate many of the tabloids, as does reaction and reports from last night's come-from-behind win against Wigan. The Mirror said this about the title race: "They thought it was all over... it is now. Carrick strike puts United within 90 minutes of the title."

Elsewhere, The Sun claim United are closing in on a deal that will bring Wigan winger Antonio Valencia to Old Trafford in the summer. The paper reports the Reds would need to pay £20million for the player. Wigan boss Steve Bruce said: "It’s inevitable Antonio will leave – but where he goes I’m not quite sure."

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