Yaya Toure does not think the return of Carlos Tevez to Manchester City would threaten the squad's harmony in the Premier League title race.
Tevez is back in England after more than three months of unauthorised leave in his native Argentina and he has been training in solitude at his club's Carrington base.
The former City captain's return is far from the end of his bust-up with boss Roberto Mancini, which first started in September's UEFA Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich.
Mancini has hinted Tevez needs to say sorry before he will be fully reinstated and fears remain the striker's comeback could have a destructive impact on a cohesive squad.
But Toure, who returned from the Africa Cup of Nations for Thursday's Europa League win over Porto, told Sky Sports News: "Carlos is a fantastic player and I hope he will continue with us, because we need him.
"He is an amazing player."
Tevez wanted a transfer in January and AC Milan, Inter Milan and Paris Saint Germain all held talks with the player before failing to meet City's asking price in the region of £30million.
His long-running dispute with Premier League table-topping City has been an unnecessary distraction for the club and Toure has indicated Mancini and the players are both expecting an apology.
"For me, it is not a problem," said Toure ahead of a weekend off following City's elimination from the FA Cup. "He knows what he has to say to the boss and to the rest of the players.
"I think all the players will be happy if Carlos comes back."