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Tan Long future unclear after Beijing Guoan move reportedly falls through
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Tan Long future unclear after Beijing Guoan move reportedly falls through

Changchun Yatai

Changchun Yatai forward Tan Long looks set to leave the club this winter, but it is increasingly unclear where he may ultimately move to.

Reports on popular Chinese social media platform Weibo had suggested that Tan Long was on the verge of moving to a ‘strong’ club in the North, though no club was mentioned at the time.

Just over a week later and it was reported that the club originally in question was Beijing Guoan, though it appears that the club’s manager, Bruno Génésio, has decided the nix the deal.

The leaves the future of last season’s China League One MVP up in the air, with the 31-year-old hoping to move back into the Chinese Super League to push for more appearances with the national team.

Tan Long has six caps for the Chinese national side, with his most recent coming in the 2019 East Asian Championships, where he made three appearances for the Li Tie managed side.

After registering 18 goals in the Chinese second tier, Tan Long clearly believes he deserves to be playing in the best league in the country and pushing for a spot in Li Tie’s team.

Changchun Yatai returned to training yesterday (3rd January) with Tan Long present. With Beijing Guoan pulling out of a deal, his chances of securing a move a bit less assured.

Hailing from Dalian, Liaoning, there is still a chance that Tan Long could attract the interest of other clubs in the North of the club, with Dalian Yifang also a rumoured potential destination, though Wanda’s decision to withdraw investment may hamper such a move.

There is still plenty of time left in the first transfer window of 2020 to see a deal made for the veteran forward, who is capable of playing as a striker or out on the right, but fans of his current club will be hoping to see him stay.

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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