Carlos Tevez insists he gets on well with Man City manager Roberto Mancini and gives him his full backing.
City captain says there are no problems with Italian boss
Carlos Tevez insists he gets on well with Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini and gives him his full backing.
The relationship between the pair has been questioned and Tevez's show of petulance at being subbed off late on in Saturday's 1-0 win over Bolton did little to ease the speculation.
Mancini played down the spat immediately after the game stating he was happy with the player's attitude in that he wanted to stay on the pitch until the end, something he then echoed on Sunday.
Tevez is a key player for City and the Argentine ace has now backed the Italian tactician, stating he was carrying an injury against Birmingham recently and understood why he was replaced.
The former West Ham marksman, who is suspended for the trip to face his former team-mates this weekend, has urged patience from City's fans as there is a long way to go in the season.
"Of course I get on well with Roberto and I back him one hundred per cent," he told City's official magazine
"I was disappointed for instance that my substitution against Birmingham recently resulted in some of our fans showing displeasure towards him.
"What people didn't know was that I had played the previous three games going through the pain barrier, and the manager knew that.
"I was very close to getting a more serious injury through playing when perhaps I shouldn't have, so his concern was for my well-being.
"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.
"Roberto and I get on. 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. We both want to win."
Meanwhile, Joleon Lescott has played down Mario Balotelli and Jerome Boateng's training ground bust-up on Friday, confirming the pair remain friends.
Germany international Boateng played no part in City's 1-0 win over Bolton on Saturday while Lescott was a first half introduction off the bench after Kolo Toure sustained a calf injury.
Lescott believes the scuffle was blown out of proportion by the media and that despite clashing the players remain friends.
"They are pals," explained Lescott. "It is just the way they wanted to win in training. I can't remember the way it started and obviously it wasn't going someone's way.
"They were talking straight afterwards. They sit together at lunch and dinner so there is no ill-feeling between the two of them.
"That kind of thing has happened at every club I have been at. It is no surprise to anyone.
"But the media tend to make it bigger than it is and the way things are at this club at the moment, people perceive things that are not happening."