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Saturday 23 September 2017

Tevez hopes Italian boss stays to complete 'project'

Carlos Tevez hopes both he and Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini are still at Manchester City next season.

The 26-year-old recently criticised the Italian's training methods and has been linked with a move to Real Madrid.

But Tevez has come out in support of Mancini, whose future at Eastlands could be in doubt should he fail to take City into the Champions League.

"Of course I would really like him to continue here," Tevez said. "I would like all of us to stay and continue with this ambitious project which we have started.

"The manager has given me the continuity that every player needs to produce his best. He helped me recover my confidence.

"Thanks to the coach and my team-mates, things have worked well for me this season and it's the reason I have achieved such a high level."

Meanwhile, Craig Bellamy insists he does not fear being forced out of Eastlands should City, as expected, spend big again this summer.

Whether the cash-rich club make it into the Champions League or not they are sure to bring in more new faces this summer.

And Bellamy, who is enjoying arguably one of the best years of his career, is relishing the chance to pit himself against the cream of the crop.

"Look, Robinho arrived here as Britain's record transfer fee. No disrespect to him because he was a great lad but he's back in Brazil and I'm still here," he said.

"I knew when I signed for City that I would have to graft and take myself to a level that I had not reached for a while.

"But that appeals to me and the thought of more players arriving this summer and fighting for my place with a new calibre of teammate appeals to me even more.

"It's going to be incredible. Who would not want to be part of City at the moment?

"I have put myself through ridiculous torture in my rehab from injuries for these kinds of moments.

"To walk away from it now would be the opposite of what I have done in my career. From being a kid, I have always had to fight for my career and fight to establish myself and keep my place. I'm used to it. It's a great incentive."

Bellamy believes that whatever happens the club will be back with a bang next season.

"If we finish fourth it allows us to drive forward a little bit quicker. But it's not do or die for us," he said.

"It's not like, if we don't get fourth this season, we'll have blown our best chance at it and the opportunity might never come round again.

"If it's not this season, then we'll be back. We will be knocking on the door again straight away."

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