Anthony Modeste completes Tianjin Quanjian move


Anthony Modeste has joined Chinese Super League outfit Tianjin Quanjian FC for €35 million.

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As well as being third in the Bundesliga for goals scored, Anthony Modeste held the joint third-best goals per game ratio in the competition, at 0.7. By comparison, Robert Lewandowski scored 0.9 goals per game, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang averaged a goal for every appearance.

The 29-year-old has agreed a three-and-a-half-year contract that will land him €10 million per year after tax.

Anthony Modeste is known by English football fans for his dismal loan spell with Blackburn Rovers in 2012, where he played 387 minutes of Premier League football without scoring a single goal.

However, the Frenchman has enjoyed significantly more success in subsequent stints at Bastia, Hoffenheim and, most recently, FC Koln.

He finished third in the Bundesliga scoring charts with 25 strikes in 34 appearances for FC Koln last season, who qualified for the UEFA Europa League with a fifth-place finish.

FC Koln won’t be able to see their talisman in action in European competition, though, as Modeste joins the growing list of footballers accepting lucrative deals from the East Asian country.

Anthony Modeste will link up with notable players such as Alexandre Pato and Axel Witsel at Tianjin Quanjian, who are coached by 2006 FIFA World Player of the Year and Ballon d’Or winner Fabio Cannavaro.


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