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I'm happier now, says City's Tevez

Carlos Tevez has said he is happy at Manchester City after changing his approach to life and becoming more grateful for what he has got.

Former City captain Tevez handed in a transfer request in December 2010 and looked to leave Manchester again in the summer of 2011.

He went six months without a game last season after he refused to warm up during a Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich, was suspended by the club and decided to return to his native Argentina.

But he returned to play a part in helping City to win a first league title in 44 years, and is their joint top scorer this season.

He says he is now content at City, especially because his wife and two daughters, who had been in Argentina, have joined him in Manchester.

"I have changed my outlook on life in general," he said. "A very important factor is the fact I have all my family here in Manchester, which makes me very happy.

"I am not worrying about the things I used to worry about. I am just concentrating on enjoying my time out on the field. My concerns, the things I concentrate on at the moment, are training and playing."

Tevez scored twice in Saturday's 5-0 win over Swansea, and is set to line up against Real Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Along with Yaya Toure, Maicon and Mario Balotelli, he is one of four players in the City squad with a Champions League winner's medal.

But he was keen to deflect focus from himself as he prepared for a must-win game for City, whose first four group games have produced only two points. The Premier League champions will be eliminated from the competition if they fail to beat the Spanish champions.

"It is all about the team working together as a whole," Tevez added. "I wouldn't want to put added pressure on myself to think I am going to make the difference.

"If we really want to take this game forward and grab it by the scruff of the neck, it has got to be a group effort."


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