Former Manchester United, Manchester City and Juventus star Carlos Tevez may get a contract extension at Shanghai Shenhua – despite the £650,000-a-week Argentine flopping in the Chinese Super League.
The 33-year-old has struggled since moving from Boca Juniors back in December, scoring just four times in 16 Super League matches.
He was recently left out of the Shenhua squad for both legs of the Chinese FA Cup final against rivals Shanghai SIPG. And the team won without him.
Shenhua deputy general manager Zhou Jun admitted Tevez was a disappointment – but confirmed the £34million-a-year deal could yet be extended.
“We decided to buy Tevez because the AFC Champions League qualifying phase was about to begin and at that time the new rules did not come to light,” he told Shanghai TV.
“Tevez was playing quite well in both Boca Juniors and Juventus. And since there was an arms race going on, our club need a player who has a reputation and universal appeal.
“Of course, in the end, he is not living up to those expectations. But he keeps working very hard to be in contention to play. As for whether or not to extend his contract next year, it has to be a mutual choice. His future hinges on the outcome of further negotiations between the two parties.”