Chinese Super League: 'High-Profile' Acquisitions Will Continue, Says Changchun Yatai's Bruno Meneghel
Changchun Yatai striker Bruno Meneghel believes that "high-profile" signings will continue to happen in the Chinese Super League in the foreseeable future as each club continues to "grow in quality and prestige."
Meneghel, who will turn 30 in June, joined the CSL last season as a summer signing by Changchun Yatai from J1 League side Cerezo Osaka.
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He previously played in China in 2012 when he signed with China League Two squad Qingdao Jonoon before switching to China League One squad Dalian Yifang in 2014. He stayed with Dalian until the 2015 season before moving to Japan with Cerezo Osaka early in 2016.
Meneghel highlighted the rise of football in China, underlining the improvement of training facilities and other infrastructures.
"Investment in (Chinese) football increased greatly," said Meneghel, according to Xinhua. "This has meant that the game has been able to grow in China. Now there are more pitches, and schools are investing in football."
"Most of the stadiums here are sensational. Training facilities and gymnasiums are excellent - better than at many Brazilian clubs," he added.
Meneghel praised the China top-flight's rapid growth, particularly in the addition of foreign talents with the acquisitions of the likes of Oscar, Carlos Tevez, and Alexandre Pato in the recent winter transfer window.
His signing, together with that of Hulk, Graziano Pelle, Papiss Cisse, Eran Zahavi, and Alan Kardec, last summer is also an indication that CSL club owners are not afraid to invest in the growth of the league.
"There have also been some major signings that have made a difference. When high-profile players come, clubs begin to be noticed," Meneghel said. "Without a doubt, the arrival of names such as Tevez and Pato will help clubs develop even more. These guys can help the game develop further in China, as can top coaches who come. I think that in two or three years China will be at a high level."