Shanghai Shenhua have granted Carlos Tevez permission to go back to Argentina after he inked a written agreement with the promise of rejoining the club.
The former Juventus star has had a disappointing time in the Chinese Super League, and this led to claims that he could force through the exit this summer.However, his short-term absence is purely due to injury reasons with Tevez allowed to spend time in his home country to recover from his calf problem. The Argentine is due to return to Shanghai before the end of the month with the club’s hierarchy expectant of him to participate in training on August 30th.
“According to the request from Carlos Tevez to our club, after discussion, we now approve his request. He’s permitted to go back to Argentina and receive treatment at the Clinica Jorge Bombicino and he must rejoin the team on 30 August and participate in training.” a statement from the club read in the South China Morning Post.
Tevez has managed just two goals during his eight-month stay with the Chinese heavyweights, and he has received plenty of criticism due to his average performances. Earlier this year, Tevez was found standing still on the playing field instead of helping his teammates, and this did not go well in social media, where he slammed for his efforts.Discipline among the foreign players has been a cause of concern in the Chinese Super League with Shanghai SIPG’s Oscar receiving an eight-match suspension in June due to his involvement in a mass brawl. Fellow teammate Hulk and manager Andre Villas-Boas also received two-match bans with the latter making an ‘irresponsible comment’ on social media.
Tevez was provided with a garden leave of three months during the 2011-12 season with Manchester City, but this is not the case with Shenhua, who have permitted his departure purely on injury terms.