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Kia: no Carlos talks

Filed: Saturday, 12th May 2007
By: Matthew O'Greel

Kia Joorabchian has revealed that no decision over the future of Carlos Tevez has been made.

Joorabchian - who maintains a healthy stake in the United striker - rubbished midweek tabloid reports suggesting that the 23-year-old was definitely on his way out of West Ham at the end of the season.

"Carlos and I agreed we would wait until the final game of the season was over so he could concentrate fully on getting West Ham out of trouble," he said. "There have been no talks of any kind.

"Reports saying he is leaving West Ham simply because he stopped taking English lessons are just not true. He stopped having lessons because he is returning to Argentina soon and doesn't know where he will be playing next season."

The Argentinian striker has leapt to the top of a number of major clubs' shopping lists in recent weeks due to his sparkling form which has helped the Hammers gain 18 points from a possible 24 in recent weeks, therefore giving them a chance of avoiding relegation.

But, according to Joorabchian, should the Hammers remain in the Premiership next season it is not definite that Tevez will be plying his trade elsewhere.

"Carlos loves playing for West Ham and has a great relationship with the supporters," he added. "He would like to stay if all parties can agree a deal.

"He doesn't know yet because we have done nothing about his future. But we will talk to West Ham - and any other interested parties."

Tevez was initially valued around the 35m mark when moving to United last August. However it is likely that a fee of around half that initial inflated figure would be enough to land the striker on a permanent basis.

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