Carlos Tevez one of the most highly-paid players in world football, has been told by his new manager, he is too overweight to play in the Chinese Super League
Having returned to China from his native Argentina where he had been recovering from an ankle injury for the last two weeks, the 33-year-old found himself dropped by Shanghai Shenhua boss Wu Jingui. Follow our football predictions here.
The former Manchester United and City star joined Shenhua in December from Boca Juniors for a reported £71.6 million and is reportedly the world’s highest-paid player on £650,000-a-week.
Having suffered from the persistent injury, Tevez has only managed to score twice in 15 games of the CSL, but despite this, his sacking has come about because of his expanding waistline.
“He will be informed of my tactical plans but I won’t pick him right now. He’s not ready physically. He’s not fit to play,” Wu said of the Argentine, who is almost a given according to reports to leave Shenhua in December and return to Boca Juniors.
“He is overweight, along with [Fredy] Guarin. I have to take responsibility for the team and the players as well. If you are unable do your utmost to play, there’s no point in picking you.
“I have coached lots of big stars, and my players are never picked on reputation.”
Former manager Gus Poyet had previously insisted Tevez was still a major asset for the CSL despite the drama that had surrounded his move to Shanghai.
Wu took charge of the Chinese club after Poyet was sacked on Monday following the sides’ 2-1 loss to Henan Jianye the previous day in which Tevez played his first match since his return.
Shenhua currently sit 11th in the table, having also failed to qualify for the group stages of the AFC Champions League when they lost to Australia’s Brisbane Roar in their qualifier.