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Maradona reveals Tevez plea

Argentina legend Diego Maradona says he told fellow countrman Carlos Tevez to end his feud with Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini and return to the club.

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Tevez, 28, went AWOL back to his homeland after refusing to warm-up and come on against Bayern Munich in September in the Champions League. And, after months of speculation over his future, made a stunning return to the side to help City beat Chelsea 2-1, as he set up the winner for Samir Nasri.

However, without the intervention of former Argentina boss Maradona, it seems Tevez might not have returned.

"I told Tevez three months ago that he had to talk with Mancini as soon as possible," Maradona revealed. "I said that because he was losing money - but also because he needed to play football again. I told Tevez, 'you must go back now'."

The pair are believed to have a close relationship as they both hail from Buenos Aires and have a love for Boca Juniors, while the Al Wasl coach was reported to have tried to bring Tevez to Dubai on loan in the January transfer window.

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