China deal too good to refuse: Vagner
Rio de Janeiro, July 25 (IANS): Departing CSKA Moscow striker Vagner Love has described his 12 million-euro move to China’s Shandong Luneng Taishan as a “once in a lifetime” opportunity.
The 29-year-old former Brazil international confirmed the move Wednesday, just six months after he signed a four-year deal with the Russian outfit, reports Xinhua.
Personal details of the contract were not revealed but in an interview with CSKA’s official website, Vagner admitted the offer from the Chinese Super League club was too good to refuse.
“To leave the team was a very difficult decision to make. Obviously I wanted to stay with my teammates and compete in the Champions League and also compete for another league title in Russia,” Vagner said.
“The club did everything to try to convince me to stay. But we have to remember that my career is coming to an end. I have to think about my family, the future. The offer from Shandong Luneng is one that might only come once in your life. That’s why I decided to accept it. It will also be profitable for CSKA. My heart and soul is with them (the Russian side).”
Vagner scored 124 goals in 255 matches for CSKA from 2004 to 2013, winning three league titles, six Russian Cups and the 2005 UEFA Cup.
His return to the club in January followed a year-long loan deal with Brazilian giants Flamengo.
“We would like to thank Vagner for his contribution to our successful performance last season,” CSKA said in a statement.
Vagner has won 21 international caps for Brazil and was part of the national team that won the 2007 Copa America.