Tevez targets long-term stay at City

Carlos Tevez says he is "seriously happy" at Manchester City now and will be there for "a long time".

The controversial Argentinian, now firmly back in favour after last season’s problems, capped another fine display with the late equaliser that secured a 2-2 draw for the Barclays Premier League champions at Liverpool on Sunday.

It was the 28-year-old’s 100th goal in English football and came straight after pledging his future to the club in a TV interview.

Tevez, who first came to the English game with West Ham in 2006, has often given the impression he has been unsettled during his time in the country.

But he now says any issues, including the circumstances which led to his extraordinary self-imposed exile last season, are firmly in the past.

Tevez told Sky Sports: "I return for a long time now. My family is here, my children are here. I am happy, my wife is happy, my children are happy now. No problem, I stay.

"I stay, for now it is two years, the contract, but I am seriously happy."

When asked if he could stay beyond his current deal, he said: "Yes, no problem."

It is a far cry from the situation last season when the player became embroiled in his infamous dispute with the club and manager Roberto Mancini.

Tevez, who also revealed he has lost seven kilograms since last season, said: "Now is now, the problem last season is finished.

"I am happy, Roberto is happy, the club is happy. The problem is finished."

Mancini is certainly pleased to have Tevez back onside after undoubtedly missing his world-class talents last year.

Tevez has started the season superbly, also scoring in the Community Shield against Chelsea and the Premier League opening win over Southampton.

Mancini said: "Carlos is in good form at this moment. I am happy for him. It is important he continues to play like he did in these two (league) games."