Disgruntled Carlos Tevez hints at retirement at the end of the season

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Boca Juniors are currently without Carlos Tevez in the league after the suspension handed to him in the aftermath of his red card against Belgrano two weeks ago and the Argentina striker is still angered by the decision to the point that he has hinted that he may hang up his boots at the end of the season.

Tevez’s fairytale return to La Bombonera got off to a great start as the 32-year-old helped Boca to a league and cup double at the end of 2015 but since then his form dipped and Boca were eliminated from the Copa Libertadores semi-final stage.

This prompted speculation that the club icon could prematurely retire or even move on yet again but Tevez quashed these rumours and pledged his support ahead of the current campaign.

However, his recent disciplinary issue and the state of Argentine football in general has obviously left the former Juventus striker frustrated.

“This is tiring. I will be talking with my family and with the people I need to talk to. Yes, I would consider retirement, but I would like to play for the rest of my life with this club. Coming into the Bombonera on Sundays is what makes me happy,” Tevez told Olé.

The striker was sent off for insulting referee Germán Delfino but feels that it was the press that led to his suspension.

“I think the penalty was given to me by journalists and not the committee. The journalists pushed to give me three matches, it really just should have been a slap on the wrist. So maybe it is good, maybe bad. But we saw in the next weekend that the referee was not consistent and that really bothered me.”

His suspension and the press were not the only aspect of Tevez’s return that has irked the Copa Libertadores and Champions League winner.

“The organisation is terrible. In Europe you know on what date you’ll play each team for the first six months. Here you can’t plan anything.” 

Prior to the red card, Edgardo Bauza has mentioned Tevez’s form and suggested that a return to the Argentina squad was not out of the question but while the Boca forward didn’t think his call-up would be warranted, he did back Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi.

“It is how you play for your club that determines whether you get a call for the national team and I hadn’t been playing very well until the first minutes against Belgrano [before his sending off].

“Mauro Icardi has earned it, he has been scoring goals at Inter.

“At the end of the day the decision is up to the coach. Bauza isn’t under pressure to pick one or the other. Rather he must call up the one who is the best.”

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