Tevez: Henry lured me to Arsenal
As the Hammers edged closer to relegation during the 2006/07 campaign, Tevez frequently found himself on the bench despite the hype that surrounded his arrival from South America.
Tevez’s winner on the final day of the season at Old Trafford saved the Londoners from the drop.
But the Argentine international revealed his head had already been turned by Henry.
The Frenchman became a fan favourite during his time in the Premier League and urged the former Boca Juniors star to join him in North London.
“When I was left on the bench at West Ham and we were playing Arsenal, Thierry Henry bumped into me in the car park afterwards,” he said in The Mirror.
“He said, ‘Hey, what are you doing here? Come and play with us – it’s incredible that you can’t get a game in this team.’”
Tevez went on to join Manchester United in August 2007 but controversially left after a two-year spell owing to a lack of first-team opportunities.
The 25-year-old departed the Red Devils during the close-season for big-spending neighbours City, but his future still remains in the balance after a mixed start to his career at Eastlands and no guarantee of a first-team place.
However, he insists he is determined to impress manager Mark Hughes and show he is deserving of a starting spot in the Blues' star-studied side.
“Having got this far in my career, fighting for my place doesn’t bother me. I’m used to it. I’ve had it at all the big clubs I’ve played for,” he said.
“At Boca, Corinthians, West Ham, United and City, it’s normal for there to be lots of good strikers.
“I never let my head drop. The harder the challenge, the more effort I put in to win a place. That’s what I am doing here.”