Eintracht Braunschweig has announced that it acquired Chinese striker Zhang Chengdong, on loan for one year, from C.D Mafra.
Last season, Zhang was loaned to Beira-Mar in the Portuguese Superliga where he scored six goals in 26 matches. His agility and heading ability have been praised by the Portuguese media. Beira-Mar tried to purchase Zhang Chengdong on a permanent basis; however, Zhang wanted a new challenge and decided to ply his trade elsewhere.
Zhang mentioned to the media that there were many Spanish La Liga clubs that went for him, though they demanded he have his own commercial sponsor. Zhang said he’d rather use his ability than spending money to enter the Spanish league.
Zhang also mentioned that there was a Ukrainian football club and several Chinese clubs that tried to go for him, and they were offering high wage too. At the end, Zhang decides to stay in Germany because Shao Jiayi, who formerly played in Germany, told him “if you want to improve your football, go for Germany; if you want to get rich, go for China.”
Having stayed in Germany for few days, Zhang is enjoying the atmosphere at Eintracht Braunschweig. He mentioned “Eintracht Braunschweig is a club that is rich in football history, and the stadium is always full on matchday.”
“I wish to play in Bundesliga 1 someday, and I understand there are many Chinese footballers returning to China. I will stay in Europe for my football dream”.
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