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Tevez spells out City commitment
Published : 07 Dec 2010 09:26:15Rss feed
| Submit Comments| Comments (54)| Printable Version1/1Play SlideshowClose MapCarlos Tevez and Roberto Mancini exchange words on SaturdayCarlos Tevez has poured cold water on the idea that his relations with Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini have broken down. And the ten-goal City icon has vowed to see through his commitment to City, even though he admits he finds it tough being separated from his children, and took a swipe at the dressing room sneaks who have leaked details of arguments. Eyebrows were raised at the weekend when Tevez and Mancini clashed on the touchline after the manager had decided to substitute him late in the 1-0 win over Bolton. The pair also had a heated row at half time of the win over Newcastle, when Tevez felt he needed more support as he played as a virtual lone striker. But Tevez said that both men are after the same thing ? success for the club. ?We have a good relationship, I get on well with him,? said the Argentine. ?I don?t have any problem with him. The things that we do behind the scenes at the club, both he and I, are always for the good of City. That?s the important thing, it?s not about me or him. I think it?s the club and the image of the club that count here. ?After that, anything that goes on between us on the pitch or in the dressing room stays there and he and I keep on fighting for the club. ?But that?s all that matters, that we are both doing our best for the good of the club. Roberto and I get on and I back him one hundred per cent. ?We discuss lots of things both in public and in private. We are both passionate football people and we both want the same things for Manchester City, and that is success.? Tevez added that City fans had no cause to boo Mancini when the manager substituted him in the recent 0-0 draw with Birmingham, when the player was struggling with the thigh problem which had kept him out of games against Wolves and Lech Poznan. ?I was disappointed ... that my substitution against Birmingham recently resulted in some of our fans showing displeasure towards him. ?To criticise the manager for his decisions is unfair because we need to be patient ? there is a long way to go in the season.? Tevez also played down the idea that City are a club split by arguments and in-fighting, after last week?s training-ground clash between Jerome Boateng and Mario Balotelli, and several on-field rows between players. Problems ?It?s just like any club, there are both good and bad vibes,? said Tevez. ?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. ?For sure, in any dressing room you are going to have the odd problem, just like within any household. It?s just the same, we are part of a family and I think that sometimes you get problems and sometimes you don?t. ?Everything?s fine when you are winning, but when you lose a lot of people get a bit down.? Tevez did concede that part of the problem with City?s highly visible clashes is that the amount of pressure the club, manager and players are under has increased. He also hit out at the dressing room snoops who have been leaking stories of dissent. He said: ?You have to consider that there is a lot of pressure within the club which the players are always stuck with. ?But that?s quite normal and you just have to treat it as such and realise that sometimes the press like to blow things up and also that the odd thing gets out of the dressing room through people who don?t have the best interests of the club at heart. ?It?s no big deal and you just have to live with it.? The other thing Tevez admits he has had to live with, and found tough, is being 7,000 miles away from his daughters, who live in Buenos Aires with his estranged partner. The striker has been repeatedly quoted as saying he feels tired of football and is considering retirement, possibly to spend more time with his family. But he vowed to see through his commitment to City. ?I think that I miss my family just like anyone would when they aren?t around but I?m happy here in Manchester and feel good in myself,? he said. ?As for the subject of retiring, I did mention it in an interview, saying that it had crossed my mind, but it?s something I don?t see happening for a long time to come. ?It?s been a few months now since I?ve been able to see my daughters and it does get tough. That?s why I can tell you that it?s not easy for me living and breathing football all day while your little girls are in Buenos Aires. ?But it?s something you have to deal with, and you know it?s a sacrifice that has to be made when you?ve made a commitment like I?ve done with City, and it?s something that I?m going to see through. ?Once that job is done I?ll have plenty of time to enjoy with my kids. ?Right now, of course, it does hurt but my quality time with them will come later. ?I am happy here, I really am.? What do you make of Tevez's comments? Have your say.