James Milner insists Carlos Tevez owes nothing to his Manchester City teammates.

Despite going AWOL earlier this season, Milner says Tevez retains the respect of City's players.

"He doesn't owe the rest of the players anything," Milner told the Sunday Mirror.

"But maybe he owes himself something, because no footballer wants to waste five or six months of his career.

"We've got some fantastic forwards - Aguero, Balotelli and Dzeko - but you can never have enough match-winners in your squad.

"That's exactly what Carlos is. The ­players are excited to have him back.

"He been looking as sharp as usual in training. Once he gets a ball at his feet he just terrorises defenders."