Carlos Tevez has been forced to sign an agreement requiring him to return to China by the end of the month after Shanghai Shenhua allowed him to return to Argentina for treatment, according to reports.
Tevez was granted permission to go home for treatment to a calf injury that has seen him miss Shenhua’s last two games amid rumours that he was trying to force a move back to Boca Juniors.
The former Manchester City and Juventus striker, 33, only moved to the Chinese Super League from Boca in January.
Since then he has made 11 league appearances and scored just two goals, while coming in for much criticism from fans, who were expecting a lot more from such a high-profile signing.
Tevez reportedly asked the club to allow him to return to Buenos Aires for treatment, and was eventually allowed to return home, but only after signing the agreement.
“According to the request from Carlos Tevez to our club, after discussion, we now approve his request,” the South China Morning Post quoted Shenhua officials as saying.
“He’s permitted to go back to Argentina and receive treatment at the Clinica Jorge Bombicino and he must rejoin the team on August 30 and participate in training.”
Tevez signed a two-year deal reportedly worth around £650,000 per week, making him one of the highest paid football players in the world.
It is reported that a clause in the contract means Boca would have to repay more than half of the transfer fee should Tevez not see out the contract.
Tevez’s return means he will miss Shenhua’s upcoming games against second division Shanghai Shenxin in the Chinese FA Cup and a clash with Luis Felipe Scolari’s league leaders Guangzhou Evergrande.