Carlos Tevez could have 'long-term' future at Manchester City says agent

Carlos Tevez's advisor Kia Joorabchian believes the player could have a long-term future at Manchester City.

The Argentina forward remains at the Etihad Stadium after a much sought-after summer move failed to materialise.

The 27-year-old, City's top scorer and talisman last season, said he would never return to Manchester, not even on holiday, as he tried to force City to sell him.

Tevez cited a desire to move nearer to his wife and daughters in Argentina as his chief reason but after a prospective move to Brazilian side Corinthians collapsed in July, no other deal transpired.

Inter Milan made approaches but City, who are thought to value Tevez at around £50million, did not do business.

Now he will be staying at City - until the January transfer window at least - Tevez has been joined in Manchester by his wife and Joorabchian sees that as a significant development.

Joorabchian told talkSPORT: "There were a couple of offers in for him but obviously he is an important player for City and they won't let him go for any (old) price.

"We couldn't quite match what City wanted.

"But at the end of the day - as Carlos said at the end of the season - professionally, he is happy at the club.

"He is happy in the situation, it was more to do with his family really.

"He has managed to convince his wife to come over for a while at least.

"If she manages to settle in hopefully in the next four or five months, maybe he will settle down and things will be fine."

Joorabchian revealed a swap deal involving Inter star Wesley Sneijder was considered but City's successful pursuit of Arsenal's Samir Nasri put an end to that.

He added: "After they had signed Nasri they had too many players in that position.

"It could have been done - if Nasri hadn't gone I think that deal would have [transpired]."

The willingness to consider Inter raised eyebrows given Tevez's wish to move closer to Argentina but Joorabchian said: "Carlos is the kind of player who adapts everywhere he goes.

"He adapts to every league and has won every major domestic competition he has ever played in.

"He himself has no problem with it but, culturally, Milan or Spain would be easier for the wife to adapt to.

"She could get around and communicate better. That was the major problem but the next four or five months will be very important."

Joorabchian admitted Tevez's wage demands - he is currently thought to be on £286,000 per week - limited the number of clubs that could be considered.

He said: "You can get down to teams like Inter, who made a couple of offers and maybe Real Madrid.

"You can really narrow it down to four or five teams in the world that could afford him."

Having stayed at City, Tevez could now form important relationships with club record signing and compatriot Sergio Aguero, on and off the field.

Joorabchian added: "The wives are friends and Aguero is friends with Carlos, so it might help."