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Jose Fonte’s Chinese adventure comes to an end

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Portuguese defender Jose Fonte has parted ways with Chinese club Dalian Yifang by mutual consent after failing to win a single game with the club.

Fonte’s spell in the Chinese Super League has been short and not at all sweet, as the 34-year-old made just 9 appearances during his brief stint at the club.

The former West Ham defender left England back in February, leaving the Hammers in a £4.3 million pound deal for a two-year contract with the club from China.

His debut served as a sign of things to come, as Yifang were thrashed 8-0 by Shanghai SIPG in their first league game of the season.

Fonte announced the news via Instagram, as reported by Football Italia.

“My time in Dalian and the Chinese Super League comes to an end,” he said.

“I would like to say a big thank you to everyone I met and made friendships along the way! Unforgettable experience and I’m blessed to have been treated in the best way by everyone!”

“I’m forever grateful to all Dalian fans and to the great country of China, I hope I left something good, at least I tried my very best! Once again thank you and all the success!”

The veteran defender only recently returned from World Cup duty with Portugal, as a fixture in their defence en route to a painful last-16 defeat against Uruguay.