Carlos Tevez says he wants to stay at Manchester City ahead of tonight's derby at the Etihad Stadium. (Man City 6/5 to beat Man United tonight).
It was initially thought the player's return to the club, after an unauthorised three-month absence in Argentina, was a short-term plan but manager Roberto Mancini has described his attitude as perfect and that Tevez is now more content than ever at the club.
The Argentine international said: "I have felt very relaxed since I came back in February, and just pleased to be back playing football for Manchester City again. My relationship with the manager is fine, and he has been really good to me. There have been no problems." (Man United 5/2 to beat Man City tonight).
Tevez looked set to leave City in January after going on strike following his apparent refusal to come off the bench prior to a Champions League tie in Munich last September. He has subsequently started a revival in City's title challenge and is expected to start in tonight's crucial Manchester derby.
He added: "I am ambitious; I want to work hard and win things with City. That's all that matters to me." (Carlos Tevez 7/1 to score first).
Mario Balotelli is due back from a three-match suspension for tonight's game, but is expected to be on the bench as Tevez resumes his partnership with Sergio Aguero up front.
Tevez said: "Mario is young, but is a great player. He does get things wrong from time to time, but that will stop as he grows up. He has what it takes, and he takes advice from me and others and if he continues to do so, he will be a great player." (Man City 9/4 to draw with Man United tonight).