Gael Clichy has saluted the fine form of Manchester City team-mate Carlos Tevez

Carlos Tevez: Has started the season in fine form for Manchester City

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Gael Clichy believes Carlos Tevez has been Manchester City's standout performer this season after rediscovering his best form.

The Argentine striker went AWOL in 2011/12 after suffering a falling out with manager Roberto Mancini during a UEFA Champions League clash with Bayern Munich, and his days at the Etihad Stadium appeared to be numbered.

Tevez was, however, drafted back into the fold as City claimed the Premier League title in dramatic circumstances and has made an impressive start to the defence of that crown, with his fitness and commitment no longer in question.

Clichy told The Sun: "He has been our best player so far this season. He's scored goals, worked really hard. He's just a great player.

"What happened in Munich, and after, is nothing to do with me. It was between him and the boss.

"It's all sorted now. Carlos in top form would be a great player for any team. Let's hope he can carry on scoring.

"The passion he has for the game, the way he presses defenders, lifts the team - we need a player like this, so well done Carlos.

"We want players who bring something extra and he does that. He can make a big difference for us this season."

Next up for Clichy, Tevez and City is a European date with Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday, with Mancini's men determined to progress from a tough group that also includes Real Madrid and Ajax and make amends for last season's Champions League disappointment.

Clichy added: "We've got four champions in our group, it's a really difficult group but we are the champions of England.

"You want to play against the best teams all the way through. It's a good way of challenging yourselves, finding out where we are.

"We feel we're progressing from last season. That was a tough group but this one is probably a bit harder. If we can play the way we know we can, everything is possible."