x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

I never treated Tevez badly, says Roberto Mancini

Manchester City manager hits back at claims from Argentine.

Roberto Mancini has dismissed Carlos Tevez's claims that he was "treated like a dog" by the Manchester City manager.

Tevez returned to Manchester on Tuesday, ending a self-imposed three-month exile in Argentina after he was found guilty by the club of refusing to warm-up during City's Champions League match against Bayern Munich in September.

He arrived back in England after giving a lengthy interview on Argentine television hitting out at his treatment by Mancini. Speaking ahead of City's Europa League clash with Porto, Mancini addressed Tevez's comments.

He said: "I totally disagree with Carlos, what he said, because I never treated him badly. Maybe the opposite, I treated him too well, always."

Tevez is not with the City team in Portugal as he begins a training regime designed to get him back up to match fitness. He has not been registered in City's European squad.