Recently promoted Chengdu Better City have confirmed the signing of veteran midfielder Feng Zhuoyi from Henan Jianye.
The start of the 2020 football season in China is still unknown, but this hasn’t stopped teams around the country make new additions.
As is the case with Chengdu Better City, who have added a player with plenty of Chinese Super League experience over the past few seasons.
30-year-old defensive midfielder Feng Zhuoyi has played for Henan Jianye since the 2016 season, racking up 103 league appearances (106 in all competitions) in that time.
The move to Chengdu Better City is a surprising one, with Feng having been a regular starter for the Chinese Red Devils, scoring three goals and providing a further assist during the 2019 season.
Feng’s familiarity with Chengdu the city stretches back to the early days of his career, where he worked his way through the Chengdu Blades youth system, becoming a regular feature in the early 2010s before a transfer to Guangzhou R&F.
After struggling to make an impact on the first team in Southern China, Feng joined Henan and established himself as a regular Chinese Super League player.
Now, he has returned to the city where his career began and, at the age of 30, still has plenty of football left in him.
He will be a valuable addition to last season’s China League Two South runners-up, providing plenty of experience and quality in the midfield to help the team stake a claim at remaining in the second tier.
It may be a few more months before Chengdu Better City get to see Feng Zhuoyi play a competitive match for the club, but his signing is one that shows the team is heading in the right direction.
When the 2020 China League One season gets underway, Chengdu could be a pleasant surprise and will not be a team to overlook, despite coming up from the third tier for the first time in their history.