Carlos Tevez is set to stay and lead Manchester City to title glory.
The player’s agent Kia Joorabchian has hinted that Tevez is prepared to stay and help the Blues achieve their dream of unseating neighbours United from the top of the Premier League.
Tevez is hoping to move his wife Vanesa and two daughters back to Manchester after their reconciliation last month in Buenos Aires, solving his homesickness.
And he is reported to have struck a deal with City that he will help their bid for glory for the next two seasons and then be allowed a free transfer should he want it – which would allow him a return to his first love Boca Juniors.
Said Joorabchian: “I don't think that speculation about Carlos moving is fair at the moment and I don't think money is a consideration.
“Maybe it's a case of his family coming over to him. That's something he's trying to sort out. I'm sure in the next week he will sort the family issue out.”
Tevez has upset some City fans with his comments about life in Manchester, but Joorabchian says the player’s commitment to the cause – always evident when he plays, not so much off the field – has been underestimated.
“Carlos has always had a goal,” said the Argentine’s representative.
“The goal was that City needed to get into the Champions League and win a trophy, and they won a trophy and achieved that goal.
“If you look at the team they are going to get stronger and stronger and, if Carlos stays, they would be my favourite to win the title.
“I'm sure that will be a factor in his mind and, the fact that City fans have embraced him, will count for a lot along with his great relationship with the supporters.
“I think all these factors will be positives for him to stay. Carlos has not made any decision to move. We have not asked to leave the club.”
Tevez’s camp had previously talked up a move to Italy or Spain, feeling that Tevez’s wife might be more prepared to return to him if he lived in a country closer to the Argentine culture and language.
But no Italian or Spanish club were willing or able to stump up between £40million and £50million for the Blues’ leading scorer, and able to pay his £230,000 a week wages.
Despite some City fans having qualms about the player’s attitude, manager Roberto Mancini has no problems, as Tevez has never allowed his feelings to show once he pulls on the sky blue shirt.
Remaining at City for two more seasons would net Tevez a cool personal fortune of £24million and allow him a dream move back to his childhood idols and first club Boca Juniors.
Buernos Aires politician and former Boca president Mauricio Macri said recently that Tevez had promised him he would return to Boca “in 2013”, which backs up rumours of an accord between City and Tevez.
Inter Milan are preparing to test Tevez’s resolve by setting up a swap deal for one of their stars.
The Serie A giants are keen to land Tevez, who has previously said he would fancy a move to Italy, and may be ready to include former City target Samuel Eto’o as part of the deal.
But the Blues have moved on from the 30-year-old Eto’o, who was one of their prime targets two years ago. That time, Inter beat them to his signature and City snapped up Emmanuel Adebayor instead.
City sources indicate that, having since signed Edin Dzeko and Eto’o’s former Inter teammate Mario Balotelli, they are no longer interested in the Cameroon star.