Carlos Tevez has rocked Manchester City by telling them he has to leave the club for the sake of his family.
City had been fearing their captain would leave this summer, but hoped he would have a change of heart. However, on Monday night he confirmed their worst fears.
Currently playing for Argentina in the Copa America, Tevez, 27, spoke to City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak to explain his decision.
The Argentina captain helped City finish third in the Premier League last season and qualify for the Champions League for the first time.
The striker stressed that he needed to live in a country where his family will be happy to join him.
“Living without my children in Manchester has been incredibly challenging for me. Everything I do, I do for my daughters, Katie and Florencia. I need to be closer to them and to spend more time
“It is with great regret that I have to inform Manchester City of my wish to leave the club,” the striker said in Monday’s statement.
“I would like to state that I have great respect for the club, its supporters and the owner Sheikh Mansoor, who has been nothing other than respectful to me.
“I hope that the people understand the difficult circumstances I have been living under the past 12 months, in regards to my family.
Tevez, who signed a five-year contract with City following a £25.5m move from Old Trafford, thanked the club’s hierarchy for their support and asked for fans to empathise with his personal predicament.
Tevez also lifted the FA Cup after a 1-0 victory over Stoke at Wembley in May, City’s first trophy in 35 years.
However, his relationship with Mancini had already been fractured when he submitted a transfer request at Eastlands in December last year, which was later withdrawn.
It is believed they are happy to move to a Mediterranean destination for the warmer climate and way of life.