The Argentine striker Carlos Tevez shocked the football world in 2009 by joining Manchester City after reportedly rejecting contract offers from Manchester United, where he had previously spent two seasons. Rio Ferdinand knows exactly why Carlos Tevez incurred the wrath of Manchester when he left United to join City, and he has no doubts about that.

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After some legal troubles with West Ham, Tevez’s previous club, he signed a lucrative two-year loan with Manchester United in 2007.

Rio Ferdinand is fully aware of the reasons why Tevez made that ridiculous decision. In 99 games over two seasons, he scored 34 goals and add 14 assists, but left United heartbroken by joining their neighbours.

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Rio Ferdinand, a former captain of Manchester United and Tevez’s teammate at Old Trafford, spoke to William Hill and provided additional insight on the Tevez saga as it occurred 13 years ago.

“Tevez wanted to sign a contract for Man United well before that,” Ferdinand revealed

He continued, “Man United delayed and didn’t come to him and he thought… and said ‘you know what you disrespected me and no matter what you offer me I’m not signing.”

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“And I remember the then chairman David Gill asking me to ring him and to speak to him and his agent and tell him the club want to sign you. His agent said to me: ‘Rio it doesn’t matter what money they offer he won’t sign, he feels he’s been disrespected and that’s it.'” Ferdinand revealed.

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With 73 goals and 35 assists in 148 appearances in four years, Tevez cemented his status as a Manchester City legend. He also contributed to the team’s first-ever Premier League title in 2012 at the expense of Manchester United.

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