Carlos Tevez: I'm a changed man

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Carlos Tevez has declared he is a different man to the player who walked out of Eastlands last year, and has vowed to win over the Manchester City fans who still bear a grudge.

Tevez sensationally walked out on City last year on unauthorised leave and returned home to Argentina after he was dropped to the reserves for refusing to warm-up in a Champions League encounter against Borussia Dortmund.

But, in an interview with the Sunday Times, he said he wanted to be idolised by the fans at the Etihad Stadium again.

"I knew it wasn't going to be easy to come back," he explained. "I'd left City and you could almost say I'd left through the back door. But it is almost like there are two Tevezes. There's the Tevez before, who had a problem, and there's the Tevez now, who no longer has problems.

"I knew it would be difficult for the fans to accept me again. But I hope, little by little, match by match, you give everything for the shirt and win them over through 'hambre de gloria' [hunger for glory].

"I was once a real idol for these fans, they were so supportive of me. I hope I'm able to win them back."

The 29-year-old Argentinian has 11 goals in 33 games across all competitions this season, not quite as devastating a total as the pre-walkout Tevez, but his work for the team is highlighted through his assist count, which currently stands at seven, City's joint-highest amount with David Silva.

Tevez said the influence of his family, who are now living in the UK, had been a key factor in his improved attitude since his return.

"It totally changes everything, your disposition, your humour, just having them close," he added. "If I wasn't selcted in the past I'd be in a terrible mood. Now I'm still gutted but I go home, see my daughters, it takes my mind off it and I feel better."

Tevez also said his relationship with City boss Roberto Mancini had improved.

He said: "[Our relationship is] a lot calmer now. It might be down to maturity. Maybe, before, I was under a lot of pressure. I was leader of the team. People would often say, 'If Carlos has a bad day, City have a bad day'. Maybe you just reach a point where there's worse things in life than disappointment in football.

"If I come off the bench and score but I'm not in the next starting line-up I'm a lot more accepting."

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