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Brazilian star Pato joins Chinese league

Press Association logoPress Association 30/01/2017

Alexandre Pato has become the latest high-profile player to move to China after the Brazilian striker linked up with Fabio Cannavaro at Tianjin Quanjian.

The 27-year-old signed for Villarreal last summer but made only 11 LaLiga appearances this season.

Pato, who made his name at AC Milan and later spent six months on loan with Chelsea, tweeted on Monday he was "very happy to be part of the Tianjin Quanjian family".

The recently promoted Chinese Super League club are managed by Italian World Cup winner Cannavaro and also boast Belgium international midfielder Axel Witsel in their squad.

Carlos Tevez, Oscar and John Mikel Obi are among the other stars plying their trade in China.

The nation's football association this month announced reforms which will see only three non-national players allowed per game, slowing the surging exodus of Europe-based professionals to the Far East.

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