Veteran Jancker mulls over move to Shanghai
BEIJING, May 18 (Reuters) - While his erstwhile international team mates prepare for the World Cup finals on home soil, former Germany striker Carsten Jancker was more than 8,000 kilometres away negotiating a possible move to Shanghai Shenhua.
The unmistakable 1.94-metre tall, shaven-headed Jancker, free to leave Kaiserslautern after their relegation from the Bundesliga last week, trained with the Shenhua team on Wednesday, according to the Chinese Super League club's website.
"I want to come to China to taste a new environment," the 31- year-old told local media. "There were three or four clubs in Europe interested in me but I wanted to come to Shanghai to take a look."
Jancker won the German title four times and the European Champions League once in six seasons at Bayern Munich before an unsuccessful two-year spell in Italy with Udinese, returning to Germany with Kaiserslautern in 2004.
Making the most of his physical presence, Jancker scored 10 goals in 33 appearances for his country over four years from 1998, including appearances in Germany's group matches at the last World Cup in South Korea and Japan.
Shenhua were runners-up in the Chinese top flight last season but after scoring just 11 goals in 12 matches are sixth in the league before their visit to champions Dalian Shide on Sunday.
As well as improving their goal tally on the domestic front, Shenhua coach Wu Jingui will be hoping Jancker's aerial threat can help the club progress from the quarter-finals of the Asian Champions League.