The two friends clash today at St James' Park.
Coloccini, 30, insisted: â€œI hope Tevez stays because itâ€™s better for everyone to have the big players in the Premier League. The top players have to be here, thatâ€™s why itâ€™s the most important league. Carlos is playing very well and makes a difference in every game.
â€œWeâ€™re friends, but not on the pitch. Of course, theyâ€™re going to fight for the league, but weâ€™re fighting for our options. I wouldnâ€™t be very popular with him if we stop City winning the league.
â€œWe donâ€™t want to hand the title to Man City or give it to Man United. Weâ€™re thinking only about our job, because weâ€™re fighting for third or fourth place.â€™â€™