|Tevez is enjoying one of the most fruitful spells of his career in England [GALLO/GETTY]
Manchester City have rejected a transfer request from Argentina striker Carlos Tevez.
The Argentine, who joined City after a spell at fierce rivals Manchester United, missed City's 3-1 English Premier League victory on Saturday at former club West Ham United through suspension, but has enjoyed some of the best form of his career at City, scoring 33 goals in 50 league appearances.
The 26-year-old has often spoken of his desire to return to South America and in August he hinted that he could even consider retiring from the game, such was his dismay at Argentina's defeat by Germany in the World Cup quarter-finals.
Tevez, who cost City around $41 million, would attract interest from across Europe's biggest clubs in the approaching transfer window and City would have little trouble recouping their outlay should he decide to leave.
The Argentina striker made his name with Brazil club Corinthians before joining West Ham United along with Javier Mascherano – a controversial deal that later cost West Ham a $8.7 million fine because his economic rights were part-owned by businessman Kia Joorabchian's MSI company.
City said on Sunday they had rejected Tevez's request.
"This is both an unfortunate and unwelcome distraction and the club will remain focused on the games ahead in what is turning out to be a very promising season," the club said in a statement on its website.
"The door remains open for Carlos to be selected to play."