Tevez dropped by Shanghai Shenhua for being 'overweight'

Shanghai Shenhua coach Wu Jingui refuses to play ‘overweight’ Carlos Tevez
Carlos Tevez dropped for being "overweight"

13 September, 2017

SHANGHAI SHENHUA'S new boss Wu Jingui has slammed Carlos Tevez for being overweight and told the £650,000-a-week striker he will not select him.

Tevez recently returned to the country from a two-week break in his native Argentina to seek treatment for a leg-muscle injury.

Given his response, it's safe to say Jingui's not too concerned about upsetting the club's star player.

Wu told reporters: "I won't pick him right now". With his side losing 2-1 to Henan Jianye that day, Shanghai Shenhua manager Gus Poyet resigned. He's not ready physically.

And Tevez admitted another return to his boyhood club would be hard. I need to be responsible to the team and responsible to the players.

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But the Uruguayan's replacement appeared to be less willing to indulge a player who has failed to live up to his reported £600,000-a-week (HK$6.214 million) wages in the Chinese Super League (CSL). "When you are on the pitch, if you can't play at 100%, then it is completely meaningless".

The ex-West Ham forward joined the Chinese club from Boca Juniors for a huge £71.6m in December a year ago.

However, Tevez has managed just two goals for his club in 15 appearances, finding his progress in China blighted somewhat by a persistent calf injury.

Shenhua are now 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.

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