Hoarau signs for Dalian Aerbin
Guillaume Hoarau has completed his surprise move to Dalian Aerbin, signing a three-year contract with the Chinese club after shunning a move to England.
With his first-team opportunities severely limited by the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Paris Saint-Germain last summer, Hoarau, 28, had been linked heavily with a January switch to the Premier League, with both Everton and Sunderland widely reported to be keen on acquiring the striker.
However, the France international has instead opted to join ex-Barcelona midfielder Seydou Keita in the Far East, posting a picture of himself with a scarf in the colours of his new club on his official Instagram account on Wednesday with the caption: 'It's started'.
On the same account on Monday, Hoarau, who French media claim will double his annual salary to €4 million, had explained his decision, which appears to end any ambitions he may have harboured of returning to the international scene.
"Yes, I know: why this choice? And why not? Such is life. Our paths cross, and then diverge. The main thing is carpe diem and the good moments. God knows I've had some here," explained Hoarau, who scored 38 league goals in 114 top-flight appearances after joining PSG in 2008. "I'm going to keep things simple, and address myself to those who are 'nice'. To the others, I would simply say: 'Talk about my life when your own is an example to follow'."