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Tevez says he is ready to help City win title

Updated: February 13, 2012, 14:57


FILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011 file photo, Manchester City's Carlos Tevez reacts as he runs into the pitch as a substitute against Fulham during their English Premier League soccer match at Craven Cottage, London. A representative of Carlos Tevez says the Argentina striker will return to Manchester City on Tuesday Feb. 14, 2012 after spending nearly three months away from the club on unauthorized leave. Paul McCarthy, Tevez's advisor, says the player is flying back from his native country on Monday because he

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina(AP) Carlos Tevez says he was treated "like a dog'' by Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini, but the Argentina striker is now ready to return and play for the club again.

"I hope I can help City be champions,'' Tevez said in an interview with Fox Sports in Argentina on Monday.

Tevez has spent nearly three months on unauthorized leave in his native Argentina, continuing a long-running feud with the Premier League leaders that intensified in September when he refused to warm up in a Champions League match at Bayern Munich.

Tevez said Mancini and the club failed to tell the truth about what happened.

He said he was willing to play against Bayern, but was upset at Mancini's tone of voice when he asked him to warm up in the second half. According to Tevez, Mancini was at the time embroiled in an argument with Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko.

"He (Mancini) ordered me like a dog to warm up,'' Tevez said. "The club never told the truth publicly about what really happened and that's why I was angry.''

After failing to clinch a move away from City in the January transfer window, Tevez appears ready to settle his differences with the club.

"I've decided to return for personal reasons and turn around the situation and win over the fans,'' he said. "They turned on me after what happened with Bayern because they were poorly informed.''

Having initially said it would be "impossible'' to welcome Tevez back, Mancini's stance has since relaxed, saying after Sunday's 1-0 win at Aston Villa that the striker can play a role for City provided he apologizes for his insubordination that is believed to have cost him around 10 million pounds ($15.8 million) in fines or lost earnings.

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