Roberto Mancini has revealed star striker and talismanic skipper Carlos Tevez has told him he wants to stay at Manchester City next season.

Tevez demonstrated his value to the club with a brilliant brace in Tuesday's 3-0 win over Stoke which lifted City to third in the Premier League table.

The Argentina striker is now level on 21 goals with Dimitar Berbatov in the race for the Golden Boot ahead of Sunday's final round of fixtures.

When quizzed over ongoing reports that Tevez could be set to move on in the summer, Mancini told Sky Sports: "I've always said he has a five-year contract.

"I talk with him many times. I don't think we have a problem with him.

"He is a fantastic striker and a fantastic player for us and I think that he will stay here next year.

"He told me like this, that he wanted to stay. He has a five-year contract."

Mancini was keen to shift the focus on to the achievements of his side this term, with qualification for the UEFA Champions League already assured and the FA Cup standing proudly in the Eastlands trophy cabinet.

City know that victory away to Bolton on Sunday will see them stay ahead of Arsenal in the table, leaving the Gunners facing a tricky play-off to qualify for the lucrative group stages of Europe's premier club competition.

The Italian said: "I think it is important we think about the next game, it is in our hands.

"It is fantastic because everything depends on us. We have got into the position. We have one difficult game and it is very important.

"We have had a fantastic season with fourth place. Now we have won the FA Cup and if we can recover our strength well in the next four days we will go to Bolton.

"We are improving a lot and in the last 40 days we have played really well. We can only improve next season.

"If we want to win and improve, I know only one way - work, work hard. We can improve if we work.

"It is a very special moment. We have won a trophy, we are in the top four, at the moment we are in third position and I think for the supporters it is very special."