CARLOS TEVEZ does not like Chinese food and ate “barely anything” after making his mega money move to Shanghai Shenhua, manager Gus Poyet has revealed.
The former Manchester United and City star is the second highest paid footballer in the world.
But in a nod to the old maxim that money can’t buy happiness, it appears all is not well for the striker in the Far East.
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Shanghai chief Poyet – who said he would “love” to sign Diego Costa – has revealed that Tevez has struggled with the local cuisine so much that “at the beginning he did not eat almost anything”.
And, a little more predictably, the Argentine has struggled with the language.
News of Tevez’s woes comes as speculation mounts about his place in the dressing room.
Tevez has played five of Shenhua’s first eight games and Colombian pair Gio Moreno and Fredy Guarin are showing more form.
But it is the food that had Poyet most worried.
He told La Nacion: “The language is complicated – but with the food there are people who suffer a little more and that happened to Tevez.
“At the beginning he did not eat almost anything.
“We had a barbecue with Guarin and Moreno and we had to remove the Chinese food.
“For the language you need an interpreter all the time and the interpreter cannot always transmit the message.”
Tevez has faced accusations of not making an effort to fit in with team-mates.
But former Sunderland chief Poyet insists that is not the case.
He added: “It’s Carlos. He is always happy and thinking about football.
“He has had a spectacular integration with a unique mentality.”