Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini claims Carlos Tevez has committed his future to the club.
The Argentina star told Mancini in a midweek meeting that he wanted to stay at City, despite the club missing out on a place in next season's Champions League. Tevez had been heavily tipped to quit Eastlands this summer after reportedly becoming disenchanted with life under his new boss.
"I have spoken with Carlos and asked him whether he was happy to stay here.He said he was very happy, that he wanted to improve and wanted to win with Manchester City. This is important," said Mancini.
"Carlos is a top player. He can set the example for the others."
Tevez collected City's player of the year award on Thursday night, a fitting accolade after his stellar first season following such a controversial move from United.
However, recent complaints about Mancini's preference for double training sessions were the first signs of a rift between manager and player, which the Italian is happy to quash.
"I have told him that in any week where we don't have a midweek match on one day we must have two training sessions," he said.
"Because we have qualified for the Europa League, the chances are we will be playing nearly every Thursday and Sunday.
"But if we want to improve we must work harder than this year."