Manchester City ace Carlo Tevez says he wants to leave the club to be nearer his daughters, but he will be going with regret.

After plenty of speculation about whether he would be staying or going this summer, the Argentina star, who is currently playing for his country in the Copa America in his homeland, has confirmed he will be on his way.

In a statement, Tevez, 27, confirmed: “It is with great regret that I have to inform Manchester City of my wish to leave the club.

“I would like to state that I have great respect for the club, its supporters and the owner, Sheik Mansoor, who has been nothing other than respectful to me.

“I hope that most of the City fans will understand that I have given them my all on the pitch and that my dedication to the City cause has been 100% on the pitch.

“I hope I have done my bit to help City continue their progress towards their ambition to be champions of England and to advance in the Champions League.

“I have no doubt that the players and management of City will achieve great success in the future.”

Tevez joined City in the summer of 2009 in a controversial move from arch-rivals United and became an instant hit before going on to captain the side.

He originally put in a transfer request in December last year which was later withdrawn, but his time at Eastlands now looks to be over.