Shanghai Shenhua boss Gus Poyet says the club are in negotiations over signing Carlos Tevez from Boca Juniors.
Former Manchester United, Manchester City and Juventus forward Tevez returned to Boca, his boyhood club in Argentina, in 2015.
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“I know what you [reporters] know, I was asked about it and I said that there was no need to consult because it is obvious that I want to bring him here. Now it is up to them [club administration]. Nothing is confirmed as yet. It is something that will take time, but evidently the club are also interested in bringing him in and they are negotiating.”
The Uruguayan said he would have preferred that the news had not leaked.
“First of all, one tries to not discuss it, but once the media finds out, the negotiations get complicated,” he said. “But there are legal steps that must be followed. First one has to speak with the club and with the player because there are many people involved. I think that one could speculate, but out of respect for both Boca and Tevez, we must wait and the process must be done properly.”
Tevez, 32, had admitted back in September that he had been pondering retirement after Boca Juniors were ousted from the Copa Libertadores semifinals by Independiente del Valle in the summer, but was persuaded to continue playing for the club.
“To have him here would be a pleasure,” Poyet said. “Here he would find other South American players such as Colombians Fredy Guarin and Giovanni Moreno, who played for Racing. My assistant is Argentinean [Mauricio Taricco], so he would not feel alone. It would not be a complicated situation for him.
“As for the details, I do not know how the negotiation is going, nor the subject of money, but I hope it can get done.”