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Batista acknowledges he has issues with Tevez

Argentina coach Sergio Batista has said for the first time that he has personal issues with Carlos Tevez, which are likely to keep the Manchester City striker off the team for the Copa America - the South American championship.

AP, Thursday 26 May 2011
Carlos Tevez
Argentina striker Carlos Tevez

Speaking late Wednesday after Argentina's 4-2 victory over Paraguay in a friendly, Batista said Tevez's chances to be on the team were "small." Argentina is expected to name its Copa America squad next week.

Batista said that during a meeting in December with Argentina assistant coaches Carlos Brown and Alejandor Tocalli, Tevez said "a thing that today has kept him off the team." Batista did not elaborate.

Argentina opens the Copa America on July 1 in a match against Bolivia. The tournament ends July 24.

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