Carlos Tevez has rubbished Sir Alex Ferguson’s claims over his departure from Manchester United.
Tevez spent two years on loan at United from 2007 to 2009, helping the club win two Premier League titles, a Champions League, a Club World Cup, a League Cup and a Community Shield.
It was expected that the Argentinean would make his move to Old Trafford permanent in summer 2009, but Tevez instead moved to bitter rivals Manchester City, where he won a Premier League and FA Cup before his departure in 2013.
United fans made their desire for the club to sign Tevez permanently known during the final months of his spell, but the striker instead opted to move to City.
Former manager Ferguson insisted that United were not interested in signing the 32-year-old on a long-term contract at the time.
“Tevez told us he was only going to play for four more years,” Ferguson said in 2011. “If we had signed him on a five-year contract knowing that he was going to quit in four, there would have been no re-sale value for us.”
The former Manchester United boss also described the reported £47million figure paid by Manchester City as “incredible” for an “impact player” in one of his numerous autobiographies.
Explaining his move to Spanish newspaper Marca, Boca Juniors forward Tevez said that Ferguson had promised that he would look to sign him
“Nothing happened with Ferguson, it was a normal relationship,” he said. “I went on loan to Manchester United for two seasons, and in the last year, Ferguson told me they will pay the fee to keep me.
“We reached the Champions League final in Rome, and I had no contract on the table. Then I went to City and they complained, but I had no offer to sign for United, and I was free to leave.”