'I look inside myself for that fire and I can't find it': Former Man City striker Carlos Tevez, 37, says he 'doesn't feel the desire' to return to football after leaving Boca Juniors this summer

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'I look inside myself for that fire and I can't find it': Former Man City striker Carlos Tevez, 37, says he 'doesn't feel the desire' to return to football after leaving Boca Juniors this summer

  • Carlos Tevez is currently a free agent after leaving Argentinian side Boca Juniors 
  • The former Man City and Juventus striker says he has no urge to find a new club 
  • Now 37, Tevez admits he does not miss playing and is 'enjoying the moment' 

Carlos Tevez is enjoying life away from football and has no 'fire or desire' to return to the game after leaving Boca Juniors in the summer.

The 37-year-old spent the last five seasons with his boyhood club as his action packed career begins to wind down, and while he is yet to announce his official retirement, he admits he does not miss playing following his exit in June and is 'enjoying the moment' away from the top level.

Tevez was one of the most prolific forwards in world football during the peak of his powers and dazzled during successful spells with Manchester United, Manchester City and Juventus

Carlos Tevez admits he lacks 'fire' and 'desire' to return to football after leaving Boca Juniors

Carlos Tevez admits he lacks 'fire' and 'desire' to return to football after leaving Boca Juniors

Carlos Tevez admits he lacks 'fire' and 'desire' to return to football after leaving Boca Juniors

Tevez was prolific at Manchester City

He scored 50 goals in 95 games at Juventus

He was one of the most prolific forwards in the world during spell at Man City and Juventus (R)

Speaking to ESPN, he said: 'I don't feel the desire to be there when the ball is rolling. On Saturday I had a wedding while Boca were playing and inside I thought that, if I were playing, I'd be missing the wedding,' the ex-Argentina international explained to ESPN.

'If that result (a 1-0 defeat to Gimnasia) happened like that, I wouldn't go because I'd be angry and I wouldn't take any photos or have a drink; everyone would say Boca lost and Tevez was out partying. Football is like that.

'Am I thinking about coming back? All my friends and family ask me, but I don't know where to start. Right now I am enjoying the moment.

He has suggested his passion for the game is dwindling after calling his one-year spell at Shanghai Shenhua 'a holiday'

He has suggested his passion for the game is dwindling after calling his one-year spell at Shanghai Shenhua 'a holiday'

'You start to wonder but in the meantime I am taking care of myself. I would like something to grab my interest and motivate me or which brings something out of me, but right now, every time I watch Juventus, Boca or a team I've played for, I look inside myself for that fire to motivate myself to play for six months or a year longer and I can't find it.'

Tevez's goalscoring stats took a hit since he ended his impressive time in Serie A, managing just 35 strikes in 133 matches. He has suggested his passion for the game is dwindling - comparing his one year spell with Shanghai Shenhua to 'a holiday', and in 2018 he revealed he was 'not a football fanatic' and preferred to watch golf.  

'I never watch football. I don't like it,' he said in the interview.

'If Barcelona-Real Madrid is on, I change the channel to watch golf. I was never a football fanatic. I like to have the ball between my feet.'

Tevez insists he does not miss the game and is enjoying the moment away from the spotlight

Tevez insists he does not miss the game and is enjoying the moment away from the spotlight

He was a controversial figure in the game - joining City from rivals Man United and once refusing to play for the Sky Blues after handing in a transfer request

He was a controversial figure in the game - joining City from rivals Man United and once refusing to play for the Sky Blues after handing in a transfer request

Tevez was a controversial figure in the game. He spent two years at Manchester United before opting to cross the divide and join their bitter rivals Man City, refusing to sign a new deal despite being offering to make him one of the club's top earners.

He scored 73 times in 148 games at the Etihad, wininng the Premier League and FA Cup, but came under fire for handing in a transfer request and refusing to play in a Champions League game against Bayern Munich. 

Tevez also hit out at the city of Manchester, saying it 'rains all the time' and there was 'nothing to do', adding he 'would not return, not for vacation, not anything'. 

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