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Gao Lin joining Tianjin Tianhai from Guangzhou Evergrande

Gao Lin

After ten seasons of success, Gao Lin is leaving Guangzhou Evergrande and taking his talents to Tianjin Tianhai.

The 33-year-old forward has been a mainstay in the Guangzhou Evergrande line-up, scoring 93 goals in 259 league appearances for the most successful club in the Super League era.

The 6-foot-2 Zhengzhou, Henan native, capped 109 times for the Chinese national team, helped the club to eight CSL titles, two CFA Cups, two AFC Champions League titles, four CFA Super Cups and a China League One title during his first season back in 2010.

With new rules being implemented this season with regards to player wages and Guangzhou’s move towards naturalised players, a number of veterans that have contributed to their many years of success have been told they can leave this year and will not receive contract extensions.

Gao Lin joins the likes of Feng Xiaoting and Zeng Cheng as the high-profile players that needed to seek a new home, with Gao seemingly settling quickly on Tianhai – who are managed by former teammate Li Weifeng.

While the move has not yet been made official, Gao has been spotted joining the team’s winter training and posted an emotional farewell to Guangzhou fans on his official Weibo account.

Guangzhou are said to be allowing their long-serving forward to join Tianhai on a free transfer and will even contribute towards his wages as a show of gratitude for his years of service.

James Reeve is a British sports writer and the correspondent on Changchun Yatai for Wild East Football. James has followed the club since 2012, lived in the North-Eastern city between August 2013 and March 2018 and was a season ticket holder for the 2015 CSL campaign.

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