World champion Mark Cavendish has confirmed his desire to quit Team Sky but hopes for an "amicable" split.
In July the 27-year-old was told by boss Dave Brailsford
he would be allowed to leave if he wanted to go.
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“It's like a long-distance relationship with a girl. Everything is great but you live apart and it can't work out ”
Sky have made it clear they expect compensation
if they are to lose one of their star riders but Cavendish is hoping that is "speculation".
"I have seen some stuff about a release fee but I don't think Dave would do that," he said.
"I have known him since I was 14 years old. He has seen me grow my career and I have seen him grow his and construct the most successful team in cycling.
"I hope that is just a bit of speculation [about the fee] and everything can work out amicably for everybody."
Cavendish signed a
three-year deal with Team Sky in October 2011
and won three stages at the 2012 Tour de France.
But both parties now feel a parting of the ways would be beneficial.
"Dave sold me the idea last year but for some reason it hasn't worked out like that. It's difficult to do," added Cavendish.
"It's like a long-distance relationship with a girl. Everything is great but you live apart and it can't work out.
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"But you want to be friends and you would rather the best thing happens so that everything can remain good and that you can stay close.
"I've been very happy at Sky. I don't want to compromise Sky and hopefully Sky won't compromise me."
Cavendish was speaking ahead of the the Tour of Britain, which starts on Sunday in Ipswich, with eight stages over 1,349.9km.