Published: 06 Jan 2010
JUAN SEBASTIAN VERON has revealed he turned down a personal offer from Roberto Mancini to join him at Manchester City.
Veron, 34, played for the Italian boss at Inter Milan and the duo were team-mates at Sampdoria and Lazio.
But the Argentina ace admits he has no interest in returning to England, where he endured disappointing spells with Manchester United and Chelsea.
Veron, who currently skippers Estudiantes in his home country, said: "I can't leave, I'd be going against my convictions.
"I'd be letting myself and the fans down above all else."
The midfielder, who donates part of his salary to Estudiantes' youth scheme, added: "It's not possible at the moment and it's not a question of money.
"My family and my affections are involved."
Veron's agent Miguel Pires said: "Juan said to me that he received a phone call from Mancini and that he had offered him £7million and the same to Estudiantes for a one-year contract.
"In addition, that amount would have been duplicated if he would have continued at Manchester City during 2011."
Juan Sebastian Veron claims to have rejected Manchester City move.
Argentina midfielder Juan Sebastian Veron claims to have turned down a personal offer from Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini to join the Premier League club.
"I presented the offer to the directors of the club (Estudiantes) so they could consider it, maybe it appeals to them. For my part there isn't much thinking to do, my (negative) answer was instantaneous," Veron said.
"It's not possible at the moment and it's not a question of money ... My family and my affections are involved."
City for their part have distanced themselves from Veron's claims with the club suggesting that no formal offer was made to the former Lazio midfielder.
Veron has a strong bond with Estudiantes, whom he led to the South American Libertadores Cup title in July and second place behind Barcelona in the Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi last month.
His performances for Estudiantes and Argentina have seen him voted South America's top player for the last two years, after a glittering career in Europe, especially Italy, though he also played for City's local rivals Manchester United.
Veron said he returned to his home town of La Plata in 2006 to see out his career with Estudiantes and try to lead them to more trophies after his father, Juan Ramon, helped the team lift the Libertadores Cup three times from 1968 to 1970.
"I took a decision and I want to respect it. I can't leave, I'd be going against my convictions, I'd be letting myself and the fans down above all else," said Veron, who donates part of his salary to Estudiantes' youth scheme.
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