Man City striker Carlos Tevez: I hope to win over Citizens supporters
Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez says he wants to win back Citizens supporters after walking out on the club last season
Carlos Tevez says he hopes to win over Manchester City supporters after walking out on the defending Premier League champions last season.
The 29-year-old returned to Argentina after refusing to come on as a substitute in City’s 2-0 loss to Bayern Munich and subsequently falling out with Roberto Mancini in September 2011.
Tevez returned in time to score three goals at the end of the season to help the Citizens win their first top-flight crown since 1968.
The Argentina international has been a key member of Mancini’s squad this term, scoring eight goals in 18 appearances, and the South American now accepts squad rotation is a natural part of life in the top flight.
“I knew it wasn’t going to be easy to come back,” Tevez told the Sunday Times. “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.
“It totally changes everything, your disposition, your humour, just having the family close.
“Before, if I wasn’t selected 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.”
He added: “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 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.”