Manchester City captain Carlos Tevez claims club owner Sheikh Mansour has told him he can leave Eastlands if he wants to - and says he never plans to return to the area after his contract expires in 2014.
The 27-year-old handed in a transfer request midway through last season amid reports that he was eager to leave England and be closer to his family who do not live with him, but later reversed that decision.
Tevez, who was offered another lucrative new deal last month after City's FA Cup final success, said in the News of the World: "Sheikh Mansour has made a lot of sacrifices to keep me and if I stay at City, it will be for him. He signed me, he wants to keep me but, at the same time, he has told me to do whatever I need to do to be happy."
The Argentina striker added: "He has told me, 'If you want to leave, then you can go'. There is no deadline - it's down to me.
"They offered me a new contract in December but I didn't want to extend it.
"At the end of the season they offered me another new deal but at the moment I don't know whether I will accept it."
Tevez has no great affinity with Manchester despite having spent nearly four years in the city, first with a two-year spell at United from 2007.
He reportedly told Argentinian television channel Telefe: "There is nothing to do in Manchester. The problem is I'm still speaking very poor English.
"When I finish my contract I will not return to Manchester ever - not even on holiday."