Nigel de Jong says Manchester City players must put their personal feelings aside if Carlos Tevez is to be recalled.

It has been suggested bringing Tevez back could unsettle forwards Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Mario Balotelli - who have scored 53 goals between them in all competitions - but De Jong does not see it that way.

The 27-year-old said: "It is not about being fair - everybody knows the history that he had with the club.

"For us the main goal is to win the Premier League, nobody can distract us.

"If that means Carlos has to be part of it, for the last few games of the season, so be it.

"It doesn't change the fact that all the strikers in the squad are important.

"I think it is just a big help towards the end of the season."