Manchester City's encounter with West Ham on Saturday represents a special moment for Carlos Tevez, as he returns to the club that gave him his break in European football.

Tevez joined West Ham from Corinthians in the summer of 2006, along with compatriot Javier Mascherano, and won himself into the hearts of the Upton Park faithful as he saved the Hammers from relegation.

The 28-year-old was awarded the Hammer of the Year for his exploits in east London, which included a winner at Old Trafford on the final day of the 2006/07 season, before leaving the club for Manchester United.

Tevez spent two years under the tutelage of Sir Alex Ferguson before moving to Manchester City, where he won the Premier League title last term, but says West Ham are the club he always holds most dear.

“I have very, very good memories because it was my first club in Europe,” Tevez told the official Manchester City website.

“The truth is that I’m very happy to be returning to the club that you could say was my ‘birthplace.’

“I feel very happy in general.”

Tevez is likely to start for Manchester City against the Hammers at the Boleyn Ground in Saturday's late kick-off, as Roberto Mancini's side attempt to claw back some ground on league leaders Chelsea.

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