FIFA have confirmed there is no timescale on when Ricky Alvarez’s future will be clarified after rejecting the proposal for the ex-Sunderland loanee to return to his homeland.
Sunderland have been involved in a summer-long dispute with Inter Milan over Alvarez after failing to activate the £8million permanent clause in the midfielder’s season-long loan deal at the Stadium of Light.
FIFA were called in as arbitrators and the case remains with football’s world governing body, who are refusing to give an estimate over when a judgement will be made.
Argentine side San Lorenzo had hoped to provide a solution by agreeing provisional terms over a contract with Alvarez after the 27-year-old appealed to FIFA to be made a free agent.
But FIFA yesterday ruled that Alvarez cannot join San Lorenzo before the uncertainty over his situation is clarified and have confirmed that in a statement.
“We can confirm that the dispute opposing the club FC Internazionale Milano to the club Sunderland AFC concerning the player Ricardo Alvarez is currently pending with our services,” said a FIFA spokesperson.
“Since the investigation is ongoing, we are not in a position to comment on it any further, nor to give an estimation of the timeline.
“We can confirm that FIFA was contacted by the Argentinian Football Association with respect to the possible registration of the player with one of their affiliated clubs.
“Our services replied by referring them to the applicable procedure and the relevant provisions of the pertinent regulations.”
Sunderland were duty-bound to sign Alvarez this summer under the terms of his season-long loan after the Black Cats remained in the Premier League.
But Sunderland argued that Inter had breached the loan contract by stalling over a decision on knee surgery for Alvarez, and were therefore able to pull out of the deal.