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Tevez has his 'hunger' back

September 4, 2012
By Richard Jolly

Carlos Tevez has insisted his row with Roberto Mancini has made him hungry for success with Manchester City again.

Carlos Tevez celebrates after wrapping up the scoring against QPR
PA PhotosCarlos Tevez celebrates after wrapping up the scoring against QPR on Saturday

Tevez did not represent his club for six months last season when his refusal to warm up in the Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich was followed by a club suspension and Tevez's self-imposed exile in Argentina.

Mancini insisted Tevez was "finished" at City at the time and the incident damaged his reputation and cost him millions of pounds in fines, lost wages and bonuses but the 28-year-old forward believes his problems have produced a benefit.

Tevez has scored in all four appearances this season and said that he is playing with renewed desire and that now City are his top priority, not Argentina.

"The disagreement with Roberto has ended up being good for me because it has helped give me back this hunger," he explained. "Before, I was playing just to attract the attention of the national team manager, now I'm playing for the enjoyment and because I have that desire to win things.

"The national team is not my priority. I am concentrating on my club. I have had my first good pre-season in four or five years and I feel good."

Tevez eventually returned to the City team in March and helped them win the title and is their top scorer so far this season.

Mancini has praised Tevez for his performances so far, saying the former City captain is fitter than he was last year.