Argentina striker Carlos
Tevez has told Manchester City he wants to stay at the club for
the long term in a remarkable turnaround for a player who was an
outcast only months ago.
Speaking ahead of Monday night's Manchester derby that will
decide whether the Premier League title stays at United's Old
Trafford or goes to City's Etihad Stadium, Tevez said he had
repaired his relationship with manager Roberto Mancini.
"My relationship with the manager is totally fine, he's been
as good as gold with me and there have been absolutely no
problems," the former United player told Monday's Manchester
"I'm an ambitious person. I want to work hard and win things
Tevez said Abu Dhabi-owned City had big plans and he wanted
to be part of them.
"This club has been building something special for the past
few years. It was the project and the dream that made me come to
City in the first place," he declared.
"I've been here since the start of that project and I share
the same vision as [owner] Sheikh Mansour [bin Zayed Al
Nahyan]," Tevez added.
"He has always been brilliant with me and I want to repay
his faith and stay here as long as it takes to make the project
Mancini and Tevez fell out in September after the manager
said the player refused to warm up as a substitute for a
Champions League match against Bayern Munich, with the Italian
saying the Argentine would never play for the club again.
Tevez, who returned to Manchester in February after an
unauthorised three-month absence in Argentina, reappeared in the
starting line-up this month after apologising and being
integrated back into the first-team squad.
City, who are three points adrift of league leaders United,
have a superior goal difference and can go back to the top if
they win at home on Monday.
Tevez goes into the game as the man who can make all the
difference, according to his manager.
"I think Carlos is destined to score the most important goal
in the history of this club," said Mancini.
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