Number one fan! - Carlos Tevez comments on West Ham return

Carlos Tevez is back at the Boleyn Ground, with Argentina facing Croatia on Wednesday.

The Argentine forward spent just one year as a Hammer, but his goalscoring exploits in their remarkable survival in the Premier League made him a hero in East London.

Despite only scoring his first goal for the Irons in March 2007, he netted seven times before the end of the season, securing West Ham’s top flight status with the only goal against Manchester United on the final day of the season.

It was the Red Devils who ended Tevez’s 26-game spell at the Boleyn Ground, signing the forward for two years, before he joined cross-town rivals Manchester City for four years. After leaving the Etihad in the summer of 2013, he signed a three-year contract with Juventus, with the Italian giants paying a reported £10 million fee for his services.

A 64-capped Argentine international, 30-year-old Tevez missed La Albiceleste’s 2014 World Cup tournament - in which they finished runners-up - but he was recalled to the squad for the post-tournament fixtures by new head coach Gerardo Martino. He is set to win his next cap for his country on Wednesday, with Argentina facing Croatia - and he will be doing it at the ground where he is loved.

Speaking to the official West Ham website prior to the game, the three-time South American Footballer of the Year reminisced on his time with the Irons, claiming he is ‘very thankful’ for everything West Ham did for him.

He said: “I'm very, very thankful for everything, I'm number one West Ham fan forever, because of the way they welcomed me, the love they showed me and everything.

“It was my first time in Europe and they made me who I am today. I will always be very thankful to West Ham fans and I'll be West Ham's number one fan.”

Despite having been away from East London for seven years, Tevez admitted that he will be approaching the game as if he were playing at home.

“I know I'm going to be playing a home game,” he added. “I know the pitch very well and I know the fans very well.

“I've got great memories of West Ham, they were my first European club, so I'm very relaxed and looking forward to it.”

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