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Tevez: I'm happy at City

Carlos Tevez insists he is happy with life at Manchester City, despite suggesting recently that he was "tired of football" and contemplating retirement in the near future.

• Tevez denies Mancini feud
• Tevez "tired of football"
• Davies slams 'embarrassing' conduct
• Lescott considers exit
• Balotelli and Boateng clash in training
• Vieira reveals City unrest

Tevez has repeatedly spoken of his discontent with his life as a professional footballer and in an interview with TyC Sports on November 26 explained: "I don't want to play anymore, and I'm talking seriously."

The striker also hinted at his restlessness when producing an angry reaction to being substituted against Bolton at the weekend as he had a heated exchange of words with manager Roberto Mancini.

However, Tevez, who has scored ten league goals in 15 appearances this season, has now spoken to City's in-house media and claimed he is happy with life at Eastlands.

"I'm happy here. I really am," Tevez said. "I do miss my family, just like anyone would when they are not around. But I don't see retirement happening for a long time to come.

"A sacrifice has to be made when you make a commitment like I have done with City and it is something I am going to see through. Once that job is done I will have plenty of time with my kids."

City's season has been pockmarked by dissent, the latest incident of which saw team-mates Mario Balotelli and Jerome Boateng clash in training last week. Yaya Toure and James Milner are also reported to have had an altercation while Emmanuel Adebayor and Vincent Kompany have argued on the pitch.

Tevez has played down suggestions that City's dressing room is a particularly discordant place though.

"It is just like any club," he said. "There are both good and bad vibes alike. The most important thing is that, as players, we are all pulling in the same direction and trying to do our best for the club. Anything that goes on between us off the pitch or in the dressing room stays there and he and I keep on fighting for the club.

"There is a lot of pressure within the club which the players are always stuck with. Sometimes the odd thing gets out of the dressing room through people who don't have the best interests of the club at heart. It's not big deal. You just have to live with it."

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