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Things don’t get any easier for Middlesbrough, who are fighting for their lives at the foot of the table, as Man Utd are next up for Gareth Southgate’s team.

Carlos Tevez has admitted that he expects to leave Manchester United in the summer.

The Argentinian forward is nearing the end of a two-year loan deal at Old Trafford, and United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has said the club are keen to extend his stay.

However, speculation over the forward’s future persists, with the player becoming increasingly frustrated at the limited number of first team opportunities he has been given this season.

Tevez told Cadena COPE: “It’s true I’ve spent a lot of time on the bench and I’d like to play more. But every time I’m given a chance I do all I can to do well and take full advantage.

“Yes, it’s like that, it’s true I see myself more leaving United than staying here.

“I don’t see why I should lie to people or anything because the fans support me a lot as you can see. So I don’t have any reason to lie to them.

“While I wear the United shirt I will leave my life on the pitch. You can see that in every game I play. I respect people a lot and I’m grateful to them.

“My future? I don’t know what will happen for my future. I would like to go to Spain, yes, but I don’t know yet.

“I have no preference for a team . . . we’ll see.

“With respect to the fans and the history of Manchester United, I don’t want to leave the club. But from a personal aspect, my exit will be the best solution.

“I need continuity in the team to offer my best. If this doesn’t happen I believe this will be my last year.”

United team mate Cristiano Ronaldo, meanwhile, has voiced his hope that Tevez remains at Old Trafford.

He said in The Sun: “He’s a great player. United have to keep their best players and Carlos is one of the best.

“I’ve played with him for two years now and we know each other well.”

Things don’t get any easier for Middlesbrough, who are fighting for their lives at the foot of the table, as Man Utd are next up for Gareth Southgate’s team.

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