Carlos Tevez opted against signing a lucrative new deal at Manchester United because he "wasn't the most wanted person" at Old Trafford, according to his advisor Kia Joorabchian.
United chief executive David Gill had been in discussions with Joorabchian, with the aim of keeping the popular Argentina forward.
But, despite the offer of a five-year contract that would have made Tevez one of the highest paid players at the club, the 25-year-old has decided to leave.
Joorabchian told TalkSport: "I don't think it's correct to say `his face doesn't fit'. He was very much a part of the Manchester United team the last two years but clearly the last one year he's been very disappointed.
"I think he's been even more disappointed that it has to come to the fact that the loan deal finishes.
"If it was, let's say, Wayne Rooney
's contract finishing six months before, or Cristiano Ronaldo's contract finishing six months before, would they have offered a better deal to them at that time or would they have tried to secure their services a bit sooner?"