The circumstances surrounding Carlos Tevez’s decision to leave Manchester United to join Manchester City remains unclear.
United had signed the Argentinian on a two-year loan deal from West Ham and the striker enjoyed a successful spell at Old Trafford.
Tevez won consecutive league titles as well as the Champions League in 2008, scoring 34 goals in all competitions and his partnership with Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo made the Red Devils one of the most feared sides in Europe.
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After his loan spell, Sir Alex Ferguson’s club needed to pay £25.5 million in order to secure his services permanently and, according to the Scottish manager, that’s exactly what they did.
However, Ferguson claims that Tevez had already decided his future before he informed him of the offer.
"From what I could gather, he had already made his mind up before joining City,” he as quoted as saying by Manchester Evening News.
“The rumour, not confirmed, was that our Manchester rivals had paid £47million.”
In Ferguson's autobiography he says that it "was like talking to a wall" when he tried buying Tevez for the required £25 million.
Throughout the latter stages of the 2007/08, chants of “Fergie, sign him up,” were heard echoed around the Theatre of Dreams in relation to Tevez’s uncertain future.
But after their Champions League triumph, it was announced that Tevez would be moving to their arch-rivals Manchester City.
It is believed that Tevez had rejected any offer from Ferguson to sign him permanently but the striker has revealed that wasn’t the case.
Tevez's version of events
"Nothing happened with Ferguson, it was a normal relationship. I went on loan to Manchester United for two seasons, and in the last year, Ferguson tells me they will pay the fee to keep me,” he told Marca.
“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.”
So, who’s telling the truth? Ferguson or Tevez?
Tevez claims it was a “normal relationship” with Ferguson but after he claimed the league title with the Citizens in the 2011/12 seasons, he held aloft a sign during the open-top bus parade reading: "R.I.P Fergie."
Not exactly a normal relationship…
The 32-year-old is currently playing in his native country for Boca Juniors as the enigmatic forward continues his career.
Boca is where he began his career started before he swapped Argentina for Brazil by joining Corinthians.
He then became familiar with football fans in England when he and compatriot Javier Mascherano surprisingly signed for West Ham.
The transfer of the pair was shrouded in controversy with FIFA and the court of arbitration for sport getting involved with claims that third parties MSI and Global Soccer Agencies actually owned the players rather than the club.
On the pitch, Tevez helped keep the Hammers in the Premier league by scoring the only goal on the final day of the season against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Manchester United snapped him up on-loan that summer in 2007 and it appeared to be a shrewd piece of business with Tevez’s goals helping Ferguson’s side dominate England and Europe.
But he left unceremoniously and spent a further four seasons in the blue half on Manchester, helping them lift their first league title for 44 years.
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