Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that he had a feeling Carlos Tevez was going to leave Manchester United as early as January.
The 25-year-old rejected the Premier League champions' offer of a five-year contract last month and looks set to join neighbours Manchester City this week.
The Argentina international scored 34 times in 97 games during his two-year loan spell at Old Trafford but in the end decided his future lay away from the Theatre of Dreams.
Tevez has since admitted that he grew frustrated at playing second fiddle to Wayne Rooney
and Dimitar Berbatov last term but Ferguson highlights that he offered the forward the chance to stay at the club three times.
"I half expected that a long time back," he said of Tevez's exit.
"Maybe in January because I spoke to him and gave him an offer, I think it was on Inter Milan night and he never came back to me.
"I rang him on holiday, texted him twice and he never got back to me, so he had made his mind up.
"But he was a good player and he did well for us. It was a good arrangement for two years where we could assess the situation and he assessed us and he obviously wanted to go somewhere else and we wish him well."
Ferguson also only had good words to say about Cristiano Ronaldo following his world record £80million move to Real Madrid, with the Scot admitting that the club did well to keep the winger for as long as they did.
"We had a good relationship with the boy," he stated.
"Carlos Queiroz and myself two years ago never thought we were going to keep him for this long and to have him for six years we are very proud of that.
"He has taken on a new challenge and I respect him for that because he was a fantastic player for us. He was a good lad, no problems and we wish him well."