Wednesday July 10 2013
Tevez laughs off weight claim

Carlos Tevez has laughed off suggestions that Juventus think he is overweight, and affirmed that his career with Argentina is ‘a closed chapter’.

There were reports in Italy yesterday that suggested that the Argentine’s medical checks whilst completing a move from Manchester City to Juve highlighted that he was six kilograms overweight and would be subject to scrutiny in the first few days of preseason.

However, in preparing to fly out to meet up with his new Bianconero teammates, the 29-year-old has rejected those claims.

“I’ve not yet arrived at Juventus and there are some that claim I am overweight and have to lose six kilos,” reflected Tevez to reporters in Argentine.

“But I have not yet been weighed. It makes me laugh to hear certain things. Juventus have not told me anything in this sense.”

Tevez has not featured for his national side since 2011 and confirmed that he is resigned to missing out on the 2014 World Cup.

“Everyone knows that I love the Albiceleste shirt, but I certainly do not miss it.

“The doors to the national team are closed for me, you know, and if you want the reasons then you have to ask the current coaching staff, who have never called me up.

“I know why I have been left out but it is not for me to say. Evidently the Coach [Alejandro Sabella] likes other strikers more.

“I know very well that I will not go to the next World Cup even if I were to make sparks, I am resigned to this. I will be a fan.

“Did I fall out with Lionel Messi? It is true that there are fans of Messi and fans of Tevez, but between us there has never been any problem, we have always had good relations in the dressing room.”