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Tevez hopes more star names will join Man City

THE prospect of Manchester City attracting more of the world's best players to the team spurred Carlos Tevez to join the English Premier League club.

The Argentina striker, who passed a medical examination yesterday, left crosstown rival Manchester United after winning two Premier League titles, the Champions League and the Club World Cup in just two seasons.

"This is the chance to be involved from the start, an opportunity to help build a special experience," Tevez said ahead of his unveiling yesterday.

Tevez signed a five-year deal with a club that hasn't won the league title since 1968, but has been able to spend freely since being bought last September by Sheikh Mansour, a member of Abu Dhabi's royal family.

Forwards Robinho and Roque Santa Cruz, along with England midfielder Gareth Barry, have already joined City. Manager Mark Hughes is also pursuing Chelsea defender and England captain John Terry, and Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor.

"There is a great feeling of excitement around the club," Tevez said. "Look at the quality of the players who have been signed and the prospect of other top-quality players coming, too. Things are happening at this club.

"The owners made it clear to me that they will be doing everything in their power to make this an extraordinary club to play for. I look forward to being part of that experience."

The group that owned Tevez's economic rights was asking clubs to pay 25.5 million pounds (US$41 million) to sign him permanently. The league and Football Association ratified the deal, giving City total registration rights and ending the contract dispute that has lingered since Tevez joined West Ham United in 2006.

The 25-year-old Tevez said his proven record will help City's pursuit of a first trophy since winning the League Cup in 1976.

"I hope to win many more trophies with City," he said. "This is a new adventure for me and I thank the people who have made this possible.

"My record of success speaks for itself. From helping West Ham to avoid relegation to helping Manchester United to two Champions League finals in two seasons. That's not a bad record."

Tevez rejected a permanent deal with United when his two-year loan deal expired last month because he felt manager Alex Ferguson wasn't starting him in enough matches.

"When I get the chance to play, I am confident that it can lead to goals, for me and for my teammates. I am a team player who can score goals. I know my responsibilities."


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