Filed: Friday, 3rd August 2007
By: Matthew O'Greel
West Ham United have released a statement confirming the imminent departure of Carlos Tevez.
The statement, released this lunchtime confirmed that Tevez would be a Man United player imminently, following months of legal wrangling between the Hammers, Man U and the MSI Group who claim ownership of Tevez's economic rights.
"West Ham United can confirm that a settlement has been reached today with the representatives of Carlos Tevez which will allow the player to leave the Club," the statement read.
"The settlement ends the current litigation taking place between the respective parties and provides for a £2million fee to be paid to West Ham United.
"The agreement confirms that West Ham United do have a valid player's contract with Carlos Tevez and hold the registration of the player. This will be released once the agreed fee has been paid to the Club.
The terms of the settlement are consistent with undertakings given by West Ham United to the Premier League and the rules of The Football Association."
Eggert Magnusson, who only weeks ago was still insisting that Tevez would remain at Upton Park next season, added:
"I am obviously pleased that we have finally reached the end of this saga through agreement and common sense. All parties involved can now move on and truly focus on the new season.
"I wish Carlos Tevez well for the next stage of his playing career. He is a fine player and I am sure he will be successful wherever he plays football."
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10:38PM 3rd Aug 2007
''One thing still baffles me about the Tevez affair. If West Ham and the Premier League both considerd and confirmed that Tevez was a West Ham player, is it not the case that Man Utd acted in total contempt of West Ham and the Prem League and were guilty of blatant "tapping up"? Or is it one rule for Man Utd and another for everyone else? No, surely not.''
02:23PM 3rd Aug 2007
''Time to let CT go ... a great player but one that also brought a huge amount of instability to the club. Time to look forward to a great season this term.''
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