Carlos Tevez admits he misses his children - but claims there is no immediate prospect of him leaving Manchester City.
On a recent trip home to Argentina, comments from Tevez once again surfaced suggesting that he was considering retirement. In a lengthy interview with City's in-house media, Tevez admitted the comments were accurate , but quitting the game is not something that appeals in the short-term.
"I'm happy here. I really am," he said. "I do miss my family, just like anyone would when they are not around. But I don't see retirement happening for a long time to come."
He added: "A sacrifice has to be made when you make a commitment like I have done with City and it is something I am going to see through.
"Once that job is done I will have plenty of time with my kids."
Although Tevez is established as a firm crowd favourite at City after joining the Eastlands outfit from Manchester United, his time with the Blues has been pock-marked by controversy.
The latest episode was his touchline spat with manager Roberto Mancini on Saturday when he was replaced near the end of a win over Bolton that was achieved thanks to his 10th goal of the season. Tevez's angry rant has been used as evidence that Mancini is losing the dressing room.
Yet the South American claims such issues occur at every club and his relationship with the boss is one that involves a common goal.
"It is just like any club," observed Tevez. "There are both good and bad vibes alike. The most important thing is that, as players, we are all pulling in the same direction and trying to do our best for the club.
"Anything that goes on between us (Tevez and Mancini) off the pitch or in the dressing room stays there and he and I keep on fighting for the club."