Manchester City’s star striker Carlos Tevez says he is unconcerned by the prospect of being booed in the Manchester derby at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Third-placed City take on Tevez’s former team and Premier League leaders, Manchester United, in a match that could have a bearing on the destination of the title this season.
Tevez, who upset United fans when he moved to Manchester City in 2009, told the Daily Mirror: “I don’t care if people boo me. It doesn’t bother me and I’m not worried about going there.
“There was much booing last year, but I understand.
“As a supporter, you will defend your club and I play for the opposing team now.”
Tevez was admired by United fans throughout his two-year spell at Old Trafford for his all-action attitude and he is proving a hit with City fans, having scored 20 goals already this season.
He added: “United fans can’t say that I didn’t give everything when I was there.
“Maybe some United fans still don’t understand why I left.
“But I’m a professional footballer and being booed is a price I must pay sometimes. It doesn’t affect me at all.”