De Jong hoping for Tevez stay

Tevez has been key to City’s success this season and took his goals

tally to 20 with a brace in the victory against Stoke on Tuesday

night. However, the Argentina striker is in a dilemma about his

future plans because of the difficulties of being separated from

his daughters. De Jong said: “Everyone will respect his decision

but he is one of our main players and important for this club. “We

have to make sure he will stay, and we will do anything in our

power to do that. Maybe we will get some Argentinian dancers over,

or sometimes do the rumba in the dressing room. “We might do

something crazy to persuade him but he is a happy guy and he loves

the team so we will see what happens.” That victory against Stoke

took City into third place and a win over Bolton on Sunday at the

Reebok Stadium will ensure automatic entry to the Champions League

group stages. Arsenal would be condemned to qualifying, no matter

their result in the London derby with Fulham. It would be a fitting

finale to the campaign for City, according to De Jong, after they

lifted the FA Cup for the first time in 42 years at the weekend.

Bolton have lost four successive matches and the Dutch midfielder

is intent on inflicting more pain on Owen Coyle’s side. He said:

“We are almost there and have everything in our hands. We need to

secure that third place. That would be a big step for us and make

it a fantastic season. “Arsenal haven’t been in their best form but

we didn’t expect them to lose at home (to Aston Villa). “The big

thing with this group is that we are united. You have to make sure

you are one big, happy family, otherwise you do not have any

success.” De Jong added: “Getting into the Champions League was our

main target all season and we have done that step by step. “But the

FA Cup has been special – the whole squad just loved winning that

cup. That was the cherry on the pie.”