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Tevez: I'm now at the right club

Carlos Tevez has again stoked the flames of rivalry between Manchester City and Manchester United by claiming that he is now "at the right club".

• Paper Round: Neville was right to make Tevez comments

Tevez grabbed a brace in the first leg of City's Carling Cup semi-final clash at Eastlands last week but stole more headlines for his subsequent spat with United captain Gary Neville.

City stepped in to sign Tevez in the summer when United failed to agree terms on a permanent deal with the striker after offering the £25.5 million asking price.

A United statement at the time revealed the club had "agreed to pay the option price of £25.5 million and offered Carlos a five-year contract which would have made him one of its highest-paid players.

"Disappointingly, however, his advisers informed the club that, despite the success he has enjoyed during one of the club's most successful periods, he does not wish to continue playing for Manchester United."

While United fans have suggested that Tevez's move was made because of the greater riches on offer at Eastlands, the Argentina forward has always maintained it was a case of City making him feel wanted, and insists he could not be happier at how things have turned out.

"The welcome I received from the moment I arrived at City has been very special," Tevez told the Daily Mirror. "I was made to feel loved and this means a lot to any footballer.

"I feel I've shown I'm at the right club now. Everyone knows how important the fans are at this club and, if I make them happy, it's an honour. I think the United fans know I tried hard. City is my club now, a place where I feel part of everything. Maybe this wasn't always the way at United.''

Tevez gestured to Neville warming up on the sidelines after scoring his first goal of the match last week, indicating he felt the United skipper had spoken out of turn by saying Sir Alex Ferguson was right to let the South American leave Old Trafford.

Tevez then described Neville as "an idiot'' and a "boot-licker'' in an Argentinian radio interview, adding even more intrigue to tomorrow night's second leg at Old Trafford.

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