Shanghai Shenhua chairman Wu Xiaohui have reportedly knocked back suggestions that Carlos Tevez has been excluded from first-team duties.
However, the club chief has challenged the Argentine to show the real stuff following his slow start to his Chinese Super League career.
Wu said: "Quite the contrary, head coach Wu Jingui and team leader Mao Yijun have shown great concern for him and the communication between them is very smooth. We are not making excuses for Tevez, the club just want to clarify that he hasn't abandoned himself like some foreign media have claimed. He should have realised that he will not be picked in the starting line-up purely on reputation. We have five healthy foreign players -- if he wants to be one of the three who are eligible to play, he's got to show the real stuff."