Argentine says he checked into a clinic and his problems undermined his fitness for Copa America, but refuses to accept responsibility for the national team’s failure
"I'm not the s*** that they say I am. I had a personal crisis this summer," he told reporters.
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 put on five or six kilos and had to check myself into a clinic," Tevez revealed. "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 criticize 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."