Manchester, England – Carlos Tévez gave Manchester City a huge boost ahead of its English Premier League title decider Monday against Manchester United by declaring his desire to stay with the team.
The controversial forward's time in Manchester looked to be over after he refused to warm up in City's Champions League match at Bayern Munich in September.
The incident led to the Argentine being frozen out by manager Roberto Mancini for six months, before the pair resolved their differences, allowing Tévez to return to the fold last month.
The 28-year-old has bagged four goals to help City reignite its title challenge and is set to lead the line in the crunch clash against rival United.
"There's been a lot said and written this season, but that's in the past," he told the Manchester Evening News. "Everybody at the club shares the same goal -- Roberto, me, the other players and all the staff."
He said, "I'm an ambitious person. I want to work hard and win things with City. That's all that matters to me as a player and a person. This club has been building something special for the past few years. It was the project and the dream that made me come to City in the first place."
He added, "I've been here since the start of that project, and I share the same vision as [owner] Sheikh Mansour. He has always been brilliant with me, and I want to repay his faith and stay here as long as it takes to make the project a success."
Games against United are always important occasions for ex-Old Trafford star Tévez, who controversially made the switch across Manchester in 2009.
But he admits the unmissable clash Monday night is the biggest derby yet -- for himself and City.
"For me, it's a huge game," he said. "But it's not about me. It's about the club and certainly the most important game the club has been involved in for many, many years. Nobody thinks about losing. We just know what the game means to so many people, people who've been waiting for years and years for the chance to bring this title back to City."