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Guangzhou Evergrande plan to field all-Chinese squad by 2020

Chinese Super League champions Guangzhou Evergrande have revealed their plan to cut foreign signings while planning to build domestic-based squad in the next three years.

The plan was announced by Evergrande boss Xu Jiayin, who also set a target to win quadruple titles this season, in a pre-season motivational conference.

“Guangzhou Evergrande need to be ambitious in the 2017 season, setting our sights on four titles,” said Xu, who is a leading property development tycoon in China.

“In my view, the ideal all-Chinese squad for Evergrande is composed of a world top manager and all native players.

“We still have four years in the transition process. Meanwhile the all-Chinese lineup for Evergrande should be capable of winning titles, retaining the status quo,” he added.

“Our purpose… is to contribute to the development of Chinese football and all our work needs to be focused on this.”

Previously the Chinese Football Association (CFA) announced a change on CSL foreign quota which saw teams are allowed to field a maximum of three foreign players in their matchday squads, down from five.