Mariano Rivera will be back in The Bronx in 2013, as first reported by The Post.

"Rivera contacted us and wants to play," general manager Brian Cashman said yesterday.

Cashman said he spoke to the closer Friday, the same day the Yankees made a qualifying offer to Rafael Soriano.

Rivera's return, which was uncertain after he told Cashman following the Yankees' ouster in the ALCS he was considering retirement, undoubtedly will impact the team's dealing with Soriano, who is also a free agent and has until Friday to accept the team's $13.3 million offer.

Cashman said he was not surprised by Rivera's return and intends to work on a deal with the future Hall of Famer, who turns 43 this month, in the coming week.

Rivera's agent, Fernando Cuza, said Rivera spoke to his family, as well as owner Hal Steinbrenner, before making his final decision.

"He decided he wants to come back," Cuza said.

The conversation with Steinbrenner indicates the Yankees have some type of parameters in place for what Rivera will make this season after he made $15 million a year ago.