Zhang Chengdong makes Beijing Guoan return

 

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The winter transfer window continues to roll along with fairly minimal movement from the majority of Chinese Super League clubs. Beijing Guoan, however, have announced the return of the well-travelled Zhang Chengdong after a five-year absence from the Chinese capital.

Zhang Chengdong Returns

After five years playing for Hebei FC, right-sided midfielder/defender Zhang Chengdong has returned to Beijing Guoan. The move sees him reunited with manager Xie Feng, who he played the past three seasons for with Hebei FC.

The 32-year-old, who has been highlighted as a right back in his official return announcement, had an enjoyable spell with the Imperial Guards between 2013 and 2016 - making 79 total appearances, scoring a goal and providing 15 assists while predominantly operating as a right winger.

His efforts saw him earn a historic loan to Spanish side Rayo Vallecano for the 2015/16 La Liga season, where he featured in just four total matches - becoming the first Chinese player to make an appearance in a La Liga game in the process when he came on as an 82nd minute substitute in a 2-0 loss to Atletico Madrid.

He played out the 2016 season back in Beijing, before making a permanent move to Hebei (then Hebei China Fortune) - seeing him back in his home province, having been born in the prefecture-level city of Baoding.

With Hebei, he scored nine goals and provided 15 assists in 110 total appearances, while also donning the captain's armband for the majority of his time at the club between 2018 and 2021.

His wealth of experience, having played for a number of clubs in Europe and even beginning his career with the now-defunct Liaoning FC prior to joining Beijing in 2013, will be valuable for the capital city club - who will be looking to improve on last season's fifth place finish and push for silverware once again.

With 32 full international caps with the Chinese national team under his belt, along with his long servitude as captain of Hebei, he will be exactly what manager Xie Feng knows him to be and the reunion should see him fit into the line-up seamlessly.

With Zhang Chengdong being the first transfer announced by Beijing Guoan in this window, and with the expanded 2022 season expected to begin in April, it is likely that many more moves are on the horizon in the Chinese capital.

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