By Giuseppe Muro

Carlos Tevez's move across Manchester can't be compared to Wayne Rooney's proposed transfer from United to City, according to Arsène Wenger.

The Argentine made the switch from red to blue in July 2009 and was castigated by the supporters who previously chanted his name. This week as the Rooney saga unfolded it had been suggested that City were the only team able to meet the England striker's demands - meaning that the England star could have followed Tevez across Manchester.

Rooney has since signed a new five-year deal at Old Trafford. Either way, Wenger says Rooney and Tevez had found themselves in completely different circumstances.

"Tevez was a different situation [to Rooney]," said Wenger. "Tevez had a clause in his contract that is different. When you have a clause and if you find someone who wants to buy it out you must have a situation.

"That was not the case with Rooney because Manchester United was in a position where they could say: ‘Listen, you stay here for 18 months.' That gives you a different strength because for players to wait 18 months is a long time in their career."

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