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Beijing Guoan unveil new manager Roger Schmidt

Roger Schmidt has been unveiled as the new manager of Chinese Super League giants Beijing Guoan.

The former Bayer Leverkusen tactician was officially presented as new head coach on Monday after signing a two-and-a-half-year deal last month.

Schmidt initially was set to join Beijing Guoan in January 2018, but he decided to move earlier to become Jose Gonzalez’ successor in the midway of CSL campaign this season.

“I know a thing or two about Chinese football and Beijing Guoan and after a direct communication with the club, I made the decision to come to China,” the 50-year-old German boss told reporters.

“I instantly fall in love with the city of Beijing and I am deeply convinced that Guoan is the club that most suit me. I am eager to be a part of the Chinese football which is experiencing rapid development.

“I intended to join the club in January next year but Guoan talked me into moving to Beijing earlier than I expected,” he added.

“I like working with young players, helping them grow into the game. One of my aim after coming here is to give young players an opportunity to shine in the first team.

“It’s difficult to set specific target considering the situation of the club right now. But in the long term, we will fight for the titles and return to the AFC Champions League. I am ready for the challenge.”