New Juventus recruit Carlos Tevez insists that he has put his troubled past behind him as he begins his career in Serie A.
he Argentina international was officially unveiled by the Italian champions on Wednesday after they agreed a £10 million deal with Premier League outfit Manchester City.
Confirmation of the move brings an end to a controversial seven-year spell in England for Tevez, with the 29-year-old’s refusal to leave the bench during a UEFA Champions League loss to Bayern Munich in the 2011-12 campaign widely considered the nadir.
However, the former Corinthians and Boca Juniors forward is adamant that he has put such episodes firmly behind him.
“I am simply honest,” he told Tuttosport. “At the start of my career in England I used to be a hot-head. If the manager substituted me, I’d swear and insult him. I’m not like that anymore, as I’ve learned how to behave.”
Tevez also discussed his infamous argument with then City boss Roberto Mancini, which took place as the English side suffered a 2-0 defeat at the Allianz Arena.
“On TV it looked much worse than it was. When the manager decided to take off Edin Dzeko and introduce a defender, I was upset and sat back down on the bench,” he added.
“However, at that moment the really angry one was Dzeko, who started insulting Mancini in Bosnian and the manager replied in Italian. It was a surreal scene.
“I was sitting there talking to (Pablo) Zabaleta and when Mancini turned round he saw me sitting down, but was furious because of the row with Dzeko and took it out on me. My rapport with Mancini wasn’t always ideal, but there was always great respect.”
Tevez, who has scored 198 goals in 453 games over the course of his career, was also keen to focus on his role as a team player, rather than just a goal-getter.
“I am not desperate to score goals, as I prefer to work for the team, perfect a move and create an assist for my team-mate,” he continued. “Obviously if the chance arises then I do know how to find the net… I like scoring, but I am not egotistical.
“I do not have a favourite goal, as they are all the same to me. The important thing is that it goes over the line.”