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Richards: Tevez can play a part

Published 24/02/2012

Carlos Tevez
Carlos Tevez

Manchester City defender Micah Richards is not surprised many fans have misgivings over the return of Carlos Tevez.

Tevez is now back with City after a lengthy dispute during which he spent more than three months in his native Argentina without the club's permission. The striker apologised for his conduct earlier this week and manager Roberto Mancini has said he no longer has a problem with the 28-year-old.

But not all supporters have welcomed the prospect of his first-team return, and Richards said: "It is hard - it will be 50-50. It is not really for me to comment."

He added: "If he can get his head down and we end up winning the Premier League and he plays a massive part in that, I am sure everyone will forgive him.

"If he doesn't, it could be the opposite. It is mixed feelings [for fans] really, but as a player I am happy to have him back because he is an outstanding player

"Tevez was outstanding last season. He was inspirational.

"He was our captain and a leader. He was unbelievable on the ball but also off it, he worked so hard.

"He is a nightmare to play against and to have that in the team would be really good for us."

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