Carlos Tevez has abandoned his attempts to learn English after admitting he is unsure as to where he will be playing next season.
The Argentinian playmaker has been at the centre of an ongoing controversy over irregularities in his transfer to West Ham, in a row that threatens to spill over into the law courts as relegation rivals threaten to take action at what they perceive to be lenient treatment of the London club.
A host of clubs are expected to be interested in signing Tevez, particularly if West Ham are relegated, although even if they retain their Premeirship status, the player admits he is unsure whether he will be at Upton Park next season.
“I have stopped learning English as I don’t know where I am going to end up next season,” he told The Times. “But yes, it was hard to settle (in England).
“The language is an issue – and I will learn English if I stay in this league – and, of course, the football here is different compared to Brazil or Argentina.
“In my opinion, it’s the most difficult competition in the world. That may be why so few people make it over here.
“Every Saturday you get kicked and you end up going home with marks all over your body. They hit you hard, they hit you everywhere – Premiership defenders are very strong individuals.
“And the referees allow a lot. They don’t interrupt the game as much as they do elsewhere. But you know what? I don’t mind all that, it makes me a better player, a stronger player.”