LONDON – After failing to secure a move away from Manchester City in the summer transfer window, Argentina striker Carlos Tevez has been joined in England by his wife and could settle down at the club if his family situation improves.
Tevez said in July he wanted to leave City for a country where he could be reunited with his wife Vanesa and two daughters, who all moved back to Argentina after struggling to adapt to the British climate and culture.
However, with no club able to meet both City's asking price for Tevez and his wage demands, he is still at the Etihad Stadium and his advisor, Kia Joorabchian, said Thursday the player has managed to convince Vanesa to return to Manchester.
''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,'' Joorabchian told British radio station talkSPORT. ''If she (Tevez's wife) manages to settle in hopefully in the next four or five months, maybe he will settle down and things will be fine.
''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 said only a handful of clubs in the world could afford to sign Tevez, who is widely reported to be City's top earner.
''You can get down to teams like Inter, who made a couple of offers, and maybe Real Madrid,'' Joorabchian said. ''You can really narrow it down to four or five teams in the world.''
Tevez was the Premier League's joint-top scorer last season as he helped City finish third and qualify for the Champions League for the first time.
He also captained the side in the FA Cup final when City won its first major title since 1976, but hasn't started this season having been given extra time off following his exertions with Argentina in the Copa America.
He faces a battle to get back in City's team, with Bosnia striker Edin Dzeko scoring six goals in his first three league matches.