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Filed: Friday, 2nd November 2012
By: Staff Writer

Carlos Tevez says he is looking forward to returning to the Boleyn Ground tomorrow when his Manchester City team come to town.

The Argentinian striker has always spoken fondly about his one season at West Ham - the 2006/07 campaign which ended in the club avoiding relegation on the final day of the season having pulled off arguably the greatest escape of all time - and it was no different when he was questioned about tomorrow's visit.

"I have very, very good memories because it was my first club in Europe," he told mcfc.co.uk. "The truth is that Iím very happy to be returning to the club that you could say was my 'birthplace'."

Tevez scored seven goals in his one season at the Boleyn Ground, including the winner at Old Trafford against League Champions Manchester United on the final day of the season - a goal that, ironically, counted for little as results elsewhere meant that West Ham would have stayed up even with a draw.

However what is often forgotten (and conveniently overlooked by octogenarian Lord Griffiths when ruling against West Ham United in the historic 2009 tribunal) is that the striker, now 28, failed to score in his first 19 games at West Ham.

Having scored in the first four games of this season, Tevez suffered a mini-drought - though far from the same proportions as when first joining the Hammers - by failing to find the net until last weekend, when he scored the only goal in Man City's 1-0 win over Swansea.

West Ham fans - who will no doubt give the player yet another warm welcome when he returns to Upton Park this weekend - will be hoping that his touch will desert him once again - even if only temporarily.

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