Boca Juniors forward, Carlos Tevez has revealed that Antonio Conte called him about joining Chelsea.
The Argentine striker was hoping to win a second Copa Libertadores with Boca Juniors. But they lost in the final to Independiente.
Tevez confirmed Conte’s desire to bring him back to Europe. But thinking about retirement made him reject the offer.
“I was driving with all my family in the car,” the 32-year-old told Radio La Red. “It was crazy. He said that he needed a forward and asked if I would like to play for Chelsea.
“He said: ‘Come with us, let’s fight together in this tournament and win the Premier League. We need someone like you to be a leader.’ But I told him that I can’t leave Boca like this.”
He added: “It’s true, I thought about stopping playing. I was in bad shape, beat up, [and] that is why I asked for [a period of] leave.
“Two days after elimination I started training again at Boca and I thought the blow would have passed. But it hadn’t.
“I was annoyed, demotivated, I did not want to be here and I asked [Boca coach] Guillermo [Barros Schelotto] for leave.”