The City faithful have welcomed back the Argentine forward following his controversial strike action last season when he fell out with boss Roberto Mancini.
Tevez said: “I don’t know if I’m an idol for the City fans but I am very grateful to them.
“They have always treated me well, even after all of the things that were said away from the pitch.
“They have always welcomed me and for that I am grateful. Whatever I do, they make me feel at home and I would like to thank them.”