Belgian Star Risks All In China Super League Move

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In a sensational move which may cost him his place at the summer’s World Cup in Russia, Atletico Madrid winger Yannick Carrasco is set to join Chinese Super League outfit Dalian Yifang, reports El Pais.

The 24-year-old Belgium international was made available by Diego Simeone in the January window and having failed to attract interest from major European clubs, is set to move to the Far East before the Chinese transfer window shuts on Monday.

It’s a risky business. The level of football has been criticised in Europe and there’s no guarantee that Roberto Martinez will call upon the flamboyant Belgian for his squads. Stereotypes in football are hard to shake and the much-vaunted supremacy fears surrounding the Super League have yet to materialise.

Carrasco is frustrated by the lack of first-team opportunities at the Wanda Metropolitano this season in a row traced back to last summer. Regular reports from inside the Atletico camp suggest that the coach and members of the squad tired of the Belgian’s ‘individualistic’ style of play and his failure to buy into what the newspaper calls the “Simeone Method”.

It’s claimed the deal will be worth €30m for Atletico, plus a saving of around €8m per year in salary. This from a player the club tried unsuccessfully to convince to stay beyond the expiry of his current deal in 2022.