Tevez given deadline for Shanghai return

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Tevez left boyhood club Boca Juniors for Shanghai late last year, signing a deal that reportedly came with a weekly salary of $A1,093,000.

His first CSL campaign failed to live up to the hype, though, amid weight and form issues, Tevez scoring just four goals in 16 appearances.

The 33-year-old was subsequently left out of the Chinese FA Cup final squad, and returned to Argentina for treatment on a calf injury.

He has yet to return to Shanghai, though, as speculation mounts he could be on the move once again.

"We have informed him [Tevez] that he would have to return to the squad on December 26," a club spokesman said.

"But whether he will come back or not, it depends on his own decision."