Carlos Tevez has turned down interest from Chelsea and Napoli to remain at Boca Juniors, the Argentina international has revealed. West Ham United had an offer rejected to re-sign the 32-year-old, who has also represented Manchester City and Manchester United in the Premier League.
Tevez returned to Boca 11 years on from his first spell at the club last year, guiding the club to the semi-finals of the Copa Libatadores where they were knocked out by Independiente. However, there is a perception that Tevez could still perform in one of Europe's top divisions despite returning to South America.
But upon confirming his intention to see out his career at Boca, the team he first joined in 1997 aged 13, Tevez confirmed he turned down offers from both Chelsea and Napoli – both clubs that have been actively looking for new strikers this summer. The news all but rules out the possibility of the Olympic gold medallist from Athens 2004 returning to Europe.
"I'm fine at Boca," he told Italian publication Corriere dello Sport. "Indeed my idea, my dream is to finish my career as a player in this wonderful club. Europe? Yes, it's true Napoli and Chelsea seek me, but I repeat what I said before. My desire is to stay at Boca until I retire."
Chelsea have acquired a forward in the form of Michy Batshuayi from Marseille, while Napoli's search for a forward could intensify in the coming weeks should Gonzalo Higuain complete his much-rumoured move to Juventus this summer. Goal.com reports Juve are prepared to pay €90m for the ex-Real Madrid forward, but a deal has not yet been agreed.
Despite winning the Premier League during spells with United and City, it is with West Ham that Tevez is best remembered during his spell in the Premier League. A run of seven goals in the club's last 10 games saw him keep the Hammers afloat in the top flight during the 2006-07 campaign – leading to him becoming a cult hero in the eyes of the east London faithful.
But West Ham co-owner David Gold has questioned whether Tevez has any genuine affection for his former club, after demanding £250,000-a-week to move back to the Olympic Stadium club. Gold says an offer of £150,000 was rejected by Tevez, who he claims is "past his best".
"All this business, 'I love West Ham', well it's 'I love West Ham if they give me £250,000 a week.' So how much love is that for West Ham? I actually offered him £150,000-a-week to come back plus bonuses," he said, according to The Independent.
"I thought that was an incredible offer for someone who loves West Ham. And it was a huge gamble for us because he's 33 now and hasn't done it in South America. We tried to get Tevez but he wanted £250,000 a week – and is he past his best? He hasn't set the world alight in South America."