Tevez told to return by December 26 as Shenhua saga drags on

Tevez, who has scored four Chinese Super League goals since joining from Boca Juniors in January, has a year left on his Shanghai Greenland Shenhua contract.

Shanghai Greenland Shenhua's Argentina striker Carlos Tevez looks on during the Chinese Super League match against Shanghai SIPG in Shanghai in this September 16, 2017, photo.

Carlos Tevez has three weeks to resolve his future at Shanghai Greenland Shenhua with the handsomely paid Argentina forward expected back with the rest of the squad by December 26.

The 33-year-old, who earns some of the highest wages in world football on a reported 730,000 euros (US$866,000) a week, has flopped in China and was a notable absentee when Shenhua won the Chinese Football Association Cup late last month.

Tevez was not in the Shenhua squad for either leg of the cup final and flew back to Argentina just as his side beat Shanghai SIPG, in what was Andre Villas-Boas's last act as SIPG coach.

According to Chinese journal Soccer News, Shenhua has said it was up to the former Manchester City, Manchester United and Juventus star to decide whether he wanted to stay at the Chinese Super League team, amid claims that he is attempting to engineer a return to Boca Juniors.

Tevez, who has scored four CSL goals since joining from Boca in January, has a year left on his Shenhua contract, according to transfer tracker transfermarkt.com.

Shenhua's players, including Tevez, are expected to return for preseason training on December 26, though it remains to be seen if he will make the deadline.

Tevez has been widely ridiculed by Chinese fans, missing half the games in the season just finished and nicknamed "Very Homesick Boy" because of his habit throughout his career for jetting back to Argentina in times of trouble.

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