Manchester City's first-team coach David Platt has hinted Carlos Tevez could play for the club again.
AC Milan have been in talks over signing the out-of-favour Argentina striker during the winter transfer window.
But negotiations were put on hold after Milan's Alexandre Pato turned down a move to French side Paris St Germain.
Milan are hoping talks can be revived, while rivals Inter Milan have also been linked with a move for Tevez.
But Platt has raised the possibility of the 27-year-old, who scored 53 goals in his first two seasons with City, playing for the Blues again.
"Stranger things have happened," he said.
Tevez, who joined City in the summer of 2009, has not played for the Blues since the Carling Cup win over Birmingham at the end of September.
He was then frozen out after his now infamous refusal to resume a warm-up as a substitute against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League.
Tevez was consequently the subject of an internal disciplinary process and City manager Roberto Mancini has since been keen for the striker to leave the club.
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