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 a prospective move to Brazilian side Corinthians collapsed in July. 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."
He added: "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 Milan 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."