Happy Tevez set for long stay

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 City 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

before the match.

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.”

City, with Sergio Aguero out injured, were grateful for Tevez’s

cutting edge after being largely outplayed in a pulsating game at

Anfield.

Liverpool deservedly led twice through Martin Skrtel and Luis

Suarez with both City’s equalisers coming from defensive

mistakes.

Yaya Toure pounced on the first from Martin Kelly and Tevez

finished calmly 10 minutes from time after seizing on a poor Skrtel

backpass.

After avoiding a first defeat of the season, Mancini will turn

his attention to bringing in additional faces before Friday’s

transfer deadline.

Mancini, after joking he has “10 or 15” targets, said: “We need

to put players in but we work for this, we have five days and we

should work hard.”

City are thought to be close to completing a deal for Swansea’s

Scott Sinclair but Mancini said: “Maybe, I don’t know. We can’t say

a name.”