West Ham hero Tevez ‘agrees’ to take part in Noble’s farewell celebrations
Carlos Tevez has reportedly agreed to take part in Mark Noble's farewell celebrations as the legendary West Ham captain prepares to draw the curtain on a stellar 18-year career.
If selected to start, Noble, 35, will lead out his boyhood club for the final time at the London Stadium against Manchester City. The West Ham hierarchy are planning a whole host of tributes to their departing skipper this Sunday.
Prior to kick-off, the Hammers are planning an 'MN16' fan mosaic, three floating banners across the pitch and a reunion of Noble's former West Ham team-mates. Other arranged activities remain under tight lock and key, but new reports have emerged that former hero Tevez will play a central role in the celebrations.
According to the Daily Mail, the three-time Premier League winner pre-recorded a short film during a trip to England last month. Tevez's heartfelt message is expected to be just one of several video clips the Hammers are assembling for Noble, but it is stated the packages will not be aired during the clash against City.
The West Ham captain has racked up an incredible 548 appearances since graduating from the academy in 2004 and is likely to receive a guard of honour before the game, should David Moyes name him in the starting XI.
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Ex-team-mate Tevez spent just 12 months in east London following a controversial move from Corinthians in 2006. The Hammers were later fined £5.5m for breaching third-party ownership rules when signing both Tevez and fellow countryman Javier Mascherano.
Despite the transfer saga, the former Hammers forward remains a cult hero among the fanbase for netting a final-day winner against Manchester United at Old Trafford – a goal that helped West Ham maintain their Premier League status.
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