Carlos Tevez has suggested he would be willing to stay with Manchester City beyond the end of the season.
Tevez had endured a tumultuous season to date, missing five months of the campaign after returning to Argentina following his refusal to come on as a substitute in City’s Champions League defeat against Bayern Munich in September.
The former Manchester United forward was forced to return to the club having failed to secure a move in the January transfer window, making his first appearance for the Citizens in the 2-1 win over Chelsea in March.
Since his return Tevez has bagged four goals to help City narrow the gap to title rivals Manchester United down to three points, with a crucial Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium to come tonight.
Despite his successful return many believed that Tevez will still leave the Etihad Stadium in the summer, however the 28-year-old insists that he wants to ‘repay’ the faith shown in him by the club by helping them achieve their long-term goals.
“I’ve felt great since I came back in February, very relaxed and content and just pleased to be back playing football for Manchester City again,” he told the Manchester Evening News.
“My relationship with the manager is totally fine, he’s been as good as gold with me and there have been absolutely no problems.
“He wants to win games and be successful and if I can play a part in helping to do that, then that’s what I will work hard to do.
“Yes, there’s been a lot said and written this season but that’s in the past. Everybody at the club shares the same goal, Roberto, me, the other players and all the staff.
“I’m an ambitious person, I want to work hard and win things with City. That’s all that matters to me as a player and a person.
“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.
“I’ve been here since the start of that project and I share the same vision as Sheikh Mansour. “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 a success.”
Tevez could start against Manchester United tonight in the winner-takes-all title showdown with Mario Balotelli still seemingly out of favour with Mancini following his red card against Arsenal earlier this month.
Both strikers have caused the Italian boss more than their fair share of headaches this season, but Tevez revealed he was working with Balotelli to help the controversial striker deal with his problems.
“Mario is young and has everything you need to be a great, great player,” he commented.
“I do talk to him and give him bits of advice here and there on what to do and what not to do - when you are young like Mario you do need to be told what to do.
“He does get things wrong from time to time, but that will stop as he gets older. But he does have what it takes, and if he takes advice and continues on a good path he will be a great player.”