Carlos Tevez has spoken of his affection for Manchester City and stated: "I play for the shirt."
The Argentinian striker took his tally for the season to 25 goals with a hat-trick in the 3-0 victory against Wigan. Tevez has become a fans' favourite since arriving from Manchester United in the summer - and there is mutual respect.
He said: "I am very happy with the win and very happy for the team. It was important we won and important to score the goals for the fans because I play for the team."
Tevez's treble took City above Liverpool and left them just two points behind fourth-placed Tottenham with seven games remaining.
The key match in the race for a Champions League place could turn out to be the one against Harry Redknapp's side at Eastlands on May 5.
Tevez has turned out to be a lucky charm for City as they have never lost a league game when he has scored.
He added: "All the goals I have got are for the fans and the team. It feels great to be here and get all this support when I am on the pitch."
Tevez's partnership with Emmanuel Adebayor in the remaining matches will be crucial, according to manager Roberto Mancini.
The Italian boss wants Adebayor to quickly regain his match sharpness as he looked off the pace against Wigan following a four-match absence through suspension.
Mancini said: "I hope that Emmanuel will play better because it will be important for us. We need him and Carlos to be 100%."
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