Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has had an individual approach for Argentinian striker Carlos Tevez rejected, after making a personal phone call to the ex-West Ham forward.
The newly-appointed Blues boss has already signed one striker this summer, with Michy Batshuayi joining from Marseille in a £33.2m deal.
But this hasn’t stopped the Italian manager’s pursuit of another forward, with reports claiming that Conte had called Carlos Tevez to discuss a potential Premier League return.
Tevez, who is currently playing for hometown club Boca Juniors, was quick to rebuff Conte’s offer, leaving him with a firm ‘no’.
“The day after we lost, Conte called me and asked if I wanted to come to Chelsea. I told him no.” Tevez told Argentine radio station Radio La Red.
His comments tie in with what was said on Tuesday, with Tevez insisting that he would not leave Boca Juniors despite interest from Chelsea and Napoli.
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“I’m fine at Boca. Indeed, my intention, my dream is to finish my career as a player at this wonderful club,” Tevez was quoted as saying by Gazzetta dello Sport after a press conference in Argentina.
“It is true, Chelsea and Napoli want me, but I repeat what I said before. My desire is to stay with Boca until I retire,” he added.
Tevez has been heavily linked with a return move to West Ham this summer, but the Hammers have reportedly failed to stump up the wage demands for the 32-year old.
Chelsea’s extended interest in a striker could spell the end of Diego Costa’s time at Stamford Bridge, with former club Atletico Madrid declaring their interest since the start of the transfer window.