Carlos Tevez will return to Manchester City on Tuesday amid further controversy after he labelled Roberto Mancini's treatment of him 'like a dog'.
The Argentine striker has been absent from City training since failing to turn up to a session in early November, following a four-week suspension for refusing to warm-up against Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
Tevez is expected to return to City this week, with manger Mancini claiming the 28-year-old could play again for the first-team if he apologised for his actions last year.
In his first interview since the incident in Munich, Tevez said: “If I was wrong, I say sorry. But I sincerely believe I did not make a mistake.
“If it’s true [Mancini would welcome me back], of course I like that. But if it’s for the media, no."
Additionally, Tevez has also cleared up the exact details of his refusal to warm-up against Bayern in October, claiming Mancini treated him like a dog.
“I was kind of in a bad mood and when he [Mancini] brings on [Nigel] de Jong and takes off [Edin] Dzeko – and we’re losing 2-0 – I thought it was a defensive substitution, so I decided to sit back on the bench," he added.
“I had already warmed up for 10 minutes and he has this attitude that he wants to lose 2-0 instead of 4-0.
“So I sat down and at the same time Dzeko comes off. He is really angry and has a go at Mancini. He then sees the tunnel is closed, so he has to sit down next to him and they start to have an argument.
“I go and sit down and he [Mancini] doesn’t see me because he’s having this discussion. But then he turns around and sees me and you can imagine what happens.
“He’s in the middle of an argument, so then he tells me to keep on warming up and treats me like a dog. When he spoke to me in that tone of voice, I said 'No, I’m not going out’.
“I was willing to play, but the coach was in such a foul mood because he had that argument with Dzeko. Mancini said some horrible things to me.”
Mancini has previously been quoted saying he'd like Tevez to return to the club, to fight for a place in his title chasing squad.
However, despite Tevez apologising like requested, his criticism of Mancini is unlikely to endear him to the Italian.
Tevez on three occasions came close to leaving City during the January transfer window, with AC Milan, Inter Milan and Paris St Germain all rejecting the opportunity to add him to their attack.