Should Juventus be fighting harder to extend his contract for a further season? Tevez is the sort of player they won’t want to lose easily. The Argentina international has proven his worth in Serie A and as they continue to progress in Europe he can still play a big part. Nor can a player of his ilk be replaced with ease. The Old Lady has promising players amongst her ranks, but Tevez is a guarantee.
Balancing these positives and negatives is something Marotta and Massimiliano Allegri will discuss, because on current form he remains integral. They may not have a choice if Tevez – f必博体育ree to talk to clubs next January – decides he wants to go home. Much can happen in 18 months and perhaps that’s why Juve remain coy at present. After three years it may boil down to desire.
General manager Giuseppe网球开户 Marotta spoke of the situation on Wednesday: “Carlos has a contract until 2016 and we still haven’t talked about it. We owe him much, but he owes much to the club too. If he chooses to leave Juve, we’ll have to adapt ourselves.”
Carlos Tevez has proven an example for others in Bianconero to follow. He’s a player who shoulders responsibility yet also puts in the hard yards. Tevez is a menace, a player who haunts defenders – whether running at them or after them.
That said, it is worth considering Tevez will be 32 when his contract expires, putting him at a delicate age for renewals. Would they be getting博狗吧 as much from his reported €4.5 million wage as previously? As Tevez gets older, his usefulness over three competitions will begin to wane. A player who relies on his engine as much as his ability, he is bound to suffer with each passing season. And would a renewal hamper other pursuits on the transfer front?
Having proven his importance, Bianconeri fans are understandably concerned about what lies ahead. The striker’s contract is due to expire at the end of next season and Tevez has not shied from his desire to end his career back in Argentina with Boca Juniors. There have even been whispers a move could happen at the end of this season. “Over a year and half, things can change. But right now his idea is [Tevez will return next year],” Boca president Daniel Angelici told La Gazzetta dello Sport in January. “I was amazed when he said that right now he does not think he will renew his contract with Juventus.”
One number El Apache is concerned with is his goal tally. He struck 19 times in his debut season – only Ciro Immobile and Luca Toni netted more often. After two seasons of mediocre returns from his attack, Antonio Conte had a striker who could find the net regularly. Where Juve’s top scorers scored 10 goals the previous two seasons, Tevez passed that mark by Christmas. The former Manchester United striker is on track to better last season’s total. That superb individual effort against Genoa last Sunday was his 16th in Serie A.
When it comes to Juventus and transfers, the future of Paul Pogba is an ever-present source of media and fan discussion. As the midfielder continues to dazzle, intrigue and speculation only intensify. So too do the suitors from Europe’s biggest clubs. But there’s another player just as valuable to Juventus with an uncertain future.
Go back to the summer of 2013 and questions were asked about how this ‘loose cannon’ would fit into the fabric in Turin. His spell at Manchester City ended far from amicably. And Tevez would be wearing the No.10 shirt vacated by Alessandro Del Piero. Misguided furore followed, to which Tevez shrugged: “In truth I feel absolutely no pressure. I don’t think about the shirt number at all.”
He has a knack for decisive strikes, including opening the scoring both home and away in the Round of 16. The Argentinian has directly altered the result 15 times from his total of 24 goals in all competitions.
He’s also improved significantly in Europe. Tevez went goalless as the Turin club crashed out of the Champions League group stage last term and netted just once in the subsequent Europa League campaign. Breaking his five-year Champions League drought on Matchday 1 this season against Malmo signalled a new dawn. Tevez netted three of Juve’s five goals against Borussia Dortmund to take his tally to six.