Carlos Tevez is overweight and will not play again for Shanghai Shenhua until he gets fit, the Chinese Super League’s new coach has warned.
The 33-year-old has hinted he will quit China at the end of the season in November and has been branded “very homesick boy” by angry Shenhua fans and Chinese media.
Tevez recently returned to the country from a two-week break in his native Argentina to seek treatment for a leg-muscle injury.
He was jeered when he came on as a substitute last weekend in a 2-1 home defeat, and Wu Jingui, who took over after Gus Poyet quit as coach on Monday, is taking a hardline stance.
“I had a talk with him today about tactics, but I won’t let him play for now, he isn’t physically ready,” Wu said in an interview published Wednesday with the Shanghai Morning Post.
Tevez has been linked with a return to boyhood club Boca Juniors but Wu is clearly not afraid to upset him.
“He is overweight, along with [Fredy] Guarin. I have to take responsibility for the team and the players as well,” Wu added.
“If you are unable do your utmost to play, there’s no point in picking you.”
Tevez has been one of the most highly-paid players in world football since joining from Boca in January – on a deal reported to be worth over £600,000-a-week.