France striker Guillaume Hoarau leaves PSG for Dalian Aerbin in China
Last Updated: 27/12/16 10:13am
France striker Guillaume Hoarau has left Paris St Germain to sign for Chinese club Dalian Aerbin, the Ligue 1 leaders have confirmed.
The 28-year-old, who has spent four and a half years with PSG and won five caps for Les Bleus, has signed a three-year deal with the ambitious Super League club and this morning posted a picture of himself holding a Dalian scarf on his Instagram account.
Dalian were only formed in 2009 but gained promotion from the third to the first tier of Chinese football in their first two years of existence, finished fifth in last season's Super League and also include former Barcelona midfielder Seydou Keita and seven-cap Brazil international Fabio Rochemback among their current squad.
His former team-mates at PSG were saddened by the departure of a player who scored 45 goals during his time in the French capital.
Defender Christophe Jallet told the club's website: "It's difficult to see him leave because were were part of a good band of friends.
"Guillaume has made his choice and even though I wish he had not moved so far away, it is football and I wish him good luck."
Midfielder Nene added on l'equipe.fr: "It will be a loss. He has brought a lot to the club since his arrival, he scored and set up a lot of goals. He is a very talented player."
Hoarau had reportedly been a target for Premier League side Sunderland in this month's transfer window.