Manchester United today confirmed that Carlos Tevez is to leave Old Trafford.
United chief executive David Gill had been in discussions with Tevez's advisor Kia Joorabchian, with the aim of keeping the popular Argentina star.
But, despite the offer of a lucrative five-year contract that would have made Tevez one of the highest paid players at the club, the South American has decided to leave.
'Following contact received from Carlos Tevez's advisors last night, in advance of the deadline the club set for concluding negotiations, Manchester United announces that Carlos will not be signing a new contract with the club,' said a statement released by United this morning.
'The club agreed to pay the option price of £25.5million and offered Carlos a five year contract which would have made him one of its highest paid players.