Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez has revealed he battled depression and problems with his weight this summer as well as speculation over his future.
Tevez had sought to leave the FA Cup winners after claiming that he needed to be closer to his family in Argentina, but saw a move to Brazilian club Corinthians collapse while no other clubs came close to meeting City's asking price.
The forward is now set to stay with City until at least January, and the Argentine is adamant he has been unfairly misrepresented by the media in the light of his personal struggles.
"I'm not the s*** that they say I am. I had a personal crisis this summer," he told the People.
"I put on five or six kilos and had to check myself into a clinic. I was depressed and so I ate and ate. Only my family and my friends know this."
Tevez also failed to impress as Argentina limped out of this summer’s Copa America on home soil, missing the decisive penalty in his country’s shootout defeat to eventual champions Uruguay.
Coach Sergio Batista was dismissed as a result of the team’s failure, but Tevez insists he does not feel responsible for his manager’s fate.
"People can criticise me if I don't play well, but they can't say 'he missed a penalty so the coach would be sacked," he added.
"It's the bad feeling towards me that I can't stand."