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Wu Lei returns to China

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Wu Lei is already history of Espanyol. He arrived in January 2019 and three and a half years later he returns to the Chinese Shanghai Port FC after the agreement that both entities reached days ago, but which has been made official this morning in Barcelona, ​​later in the Asian country. The footballer is leaving an indelible mark on the club and in LaLiga. He has been the Chinese footballer who has played the most games and the one who has scored the most goals. Wu Lei has helped put China on the map as thousands of fans from his country follow the Blue and Whites’ club, which has had three Ballon d’Or winners this time.

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On July 29, the player himself assured in an interview with the Chinese portal 凤凰网体育 that “hI’ve experienced a lot since I got here, I entered the Europa League after many years, I went down and then we went up. In the last game of last season I attended Granada’s relegation”. With the feeling of having already experienced everything in European football, and without a fundamental role in the team for the last two campaigns, Lei was already tempted by his previous club in the winter market but he stayed at the request of Vicente Moreno.

Now, together with his personal situation, he has prioritized accepting this proposal and ending his European stage. He leaves a unique legacy, with 126 games played in all competitions and 16 goals. He was the first Chinese to score in LaLiga and in Europe. Regardless of his merits inside the green, the footballer became one of the players who best symbolized the commitment to the entity in difficult timesas CEO Mao Ye recalled, last Monday in the tribute to Dani Jarque. Loved by the fans, Lei never raised his voice despite playing fewer minutes.

The negotiations between both entities were simple. Espanyol has given the striker all the facilities, and Ye confessed that he “would benefit” from the operation. Among other things, his departure frees up salary mass since Wu Lei had a high average salary and had two more years left on his contract. The player, who will turn 31 in November, returns to his country, where he is a legend. As it already is in a Espanyol that will keep it in its history books.

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