London, May 14 (ANI): Manchester United coach Alex Ferguson was last night locked in a bitter war of words over Carlos Tevez's future.
The on-loan striker came off the bench to score a dramatic equaliser as Manchester United grabbed a 2-1 win at Wigan to move within a point of their 18th top-flight crown.
Jubilant Fergie then claimed United had offered Tevez a permanent contract to stay at Old Trafford.
But Tevez is 'owned' by investment company MSI - and his agent Kia Joorabchian immediately insisted there had been no offer.
Ferguson declared: "I have had a chat with Carlos and he knows I want him to stay. Our chief executive David Gill has also had a good meeting to progress things further. I hope we can get what we want, which has never changed.
The thing is we are not negotiating with a football club. But he has been offered a good deal, which we hope he accepts."
Seconds later, according to The Sun, Joorabchian responded by saying: "No offer of personal terms has been made. We had a chat with David Gill, but no offer was made."
MSI are demanding around 30 million pounds to sell Tevez to United, way beyond the club's valuation.
The Argentinean has become increasingly frustrated at being left on the bench for big matches, even though he repeatedly scores critical goals - as he did at the JJB Stadium.
Yet he has won the hearts of United fans, who repeatedly chant 'Fergie, Fergie, sign him up'. (ANI)