Carlos Tevez goes back to Argentina for treatment but promises to return as Shanghai Shenhua exit rumours continue
Striker missed last two games in Chinese Super League due to an ongoing calf problem and is granted early release ahead of upcoming international break
Shanghai Shenhua have taken the unusual step of requiring unsettled striker Carlos Tevez to sign an agreement that requires the Argentinian to return to China at the end of August after undergoing treatment in his homeland.
Speculation is mounting Tevez is seeking an early exit from his two-year contract with Shenhua having failed to live up to his reported US$800,000 a week salary with the Chinese Super League side.
The 33-year-old former Manchester United and Manchester City striker has not featured in Shenhua’s last two domestic outings, including the weekend’s 5-0 defeat by Shandong Luneng, due to injury and has been granted early release from the squad ahead of the upcoming international break.
Tevez left China on Monday and is expected to undergo treatment at a clinic in Buenos Aires that appears to specialise in treatments football players.
“According to the request from Carlos Tevez to our club, after discussion, we now approve his request,” said an extract taken from an agreement between Tevez and Shenhua which was written in Spanish and Chinese.
“He’s permitted to go back to Argentina and receive treatment at the Clinica Jorge Bombicino and he must rejoin the team on August 30th and participate in training.”
Tevez was expected to leave after Saturday’s meeting with Super League leaders Guangzhou Evergrande, but will now miss Tuesday’s FA Cup semi-final first leg with Shanghai Shenxin, although he was not expected to feature due to an ongoing calf injury.
“He didn’t go back to enjoy a holiday, he went back for the rehabilitation of his muscles,” said David Wang, who works as a Spanish translator with Shenhua.
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“The rehabilitation process requires two weeks, but it will take two days to go and two days to come back.
“As the players are required to report to the club on August 28th, Tevez won’t have enough time to do the rehabilitation, so the management of the club suggested him to leave a few days before the break and allow him to come back two days later.”
Tevez’s return to Argentina further increased speculation the striker is seeking a return to boyhood club Boca Juniors, who he left to join Shenhua ahead of the start of the 2017 season in China.
“Tevez had his ticket changed yesterday morning as he had planned to leave after the game against Evergrande,” said Shenhua press officer Ma Yue.
Tevez has scored just two goals in 11 domestic appearances for Shenhua this season, with various injuries restricting his availability to coach Gus Poyet.
Shenhua’s latest defeat at the weekend left Poyet’s side 11th in the Super League table without a win in three games and nine points above the relegation zone.
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