Ricky Alvarez has begun training with Argentine side Velez Sarsfield, as the wrangle over his future continues.
Sunderland and Inter Milan remain at loggerheads over midfielder Alvarez, with FIFA yet to decide on whether the Black Cats will have to sign the Argentine international in an £8million permanent deal.
In the mean-time, Alvarez is in limbo after FIFA ruled that he couldn’t return to his homeland and join San Lorenzo, until the dispute is resolved.
A proposal to join Porto also fell through and Alvarez has now begun training with Argentine outfit Sarsfield to regain full fitness after the knee injury which is at the centre of the dispute.
Sunderland argued that Inter’s hesitation in approving surgery for Alvarez’s injury saw them breach the contract of the 27-year-old’s loan deal, which included a compulsory element for the Black Cats to sign him permanently if they remained in the Premier League last season.
Alvarez trained with Sarsfield for the first time yesterday, but there is not yet any suggestion that he could join them if he becomes a free agent.