Juventus tells Carlos Tevez to diet
The honeymoon may already be over for Carlos Tevez at Juventus as he was told by the coaching staff that he is overweight and must drop six kilos (13 pounds), according to media reports from Argentina.
Last month, Tevez completed his move from Manchester City to Juventus on a three-year deal, thus ending a seven-year stay in English football to join the reigning Serie A champions.
Juventus reportedly paid City $14.8 million (£10 million) for the Argentine striker.
Tevez, who scored 34 goals in two seasons at Manchester United 73 during his four seasons at City, is due to report to camp on Wednesday for a series of medical tests, according to Clarin.
Tevez is scheduled to make a preseason debut July 31 vs. Everton in San Francisco during Juventus' U.S. tour, which also includes the L.A. Galaxy, Real Madrid, Valencia, Chelsea, Inter and Milan.
According to Clarin, Tevez was overweight during his medical last month and was admonished by coach Antonio Conte, who is reported to demand fitness of his players.'
Tevez, speaking with ESPN Radio in Rivadavia on Tuesday, said he will be fit for the season.
"The truth is that I haven't even landed yet and they are already talking about my weight. You have to take this with humor," he said. "This is a new football that I do not know, I have to be physically prepared.
"There are great expectations for my arrival (in Italy) and I have to face them as they are. I have to prepare myself during the preseason, I have to be strong so I am heading out very motivated."
Tevez also said he suspects the rumors could have come from Milan, the club that reportedly bid for his services.
"With Balo (Balotelli, his former teammate in Manchester City) we spoke a lot and became friends. I told him, Milan they never talked to me at any time."
Asked whether a good season for Juventus would land him a spot on the Argentine selection, Tevez said he doubted it.
"My season at City wasn't that bad, I have had good matches and good months and they (Sabella) haven't even called me. The selection is doing well and you have to respect that," he said.
"I don't see myself on the team for the World Cup. Of course I would like to be, but if they don't call me, I am neither depressed nor bad. I don't start to think about the reasons why, you just have to move forward."