Brown Ideye has become the latest Nigerian to head to the Chinese Super League after joining Tianjin Teda. The 28-year-old has left Gre...
Brown Ideye has become the latest Nigerian to head to the Chinese Super League after joining Tianjin Teda.
The 28-year-old has left Greek club Olympiakos to sign a three-year deal. He will play alongside Super Eagles team-mate John Mikel Obi.
He posted an emotional message to Olympiakos fans and management.
Chinese Super League clubs are on the hunt for new players ahead of the start of the new season next month.Today Ill fly to China to sign for Tianjin Teda Football club. The opportunity came about quite suddenly and is one I felt I needed to take, after much thought and deliberation. Last year I had big offers from China and the Middle East as well as opportunities to move to mainland Europe but the thought did not cross my mind. I wanted to stay. Olympiacos has become our home and myself and my family have loved every minute. You took me into your hearts that’s something that will stay with me always. I want to thank the president, Mr Marinakis who did so much to bring me here. I remember fondly, spending the last two days of the summer transfer window with him where he worked tirelessly to bring me to the club. Sometimes we forget the effort and money he has put into the club, and how hard he works to keep Olympiacos at the top. To him I’m grateful. The club is truly one of the best run clubs I’ve come across, where everything is done to enhance our performance on the pitch and I must thank all the staff from CEO down who have made myself and my family feel so welcome. Ill miss my teams mates, past and present, some of who have become close friends. Without them one player is nothing. Im looking forward to the new challenge in a new league, new team mates and new way of life. Finally, to all the fans. You showed me love from day 1 and I loved you back, I hope to one day return to the club I love in some capacity and DAB again, We keep on dreaming 🔴⚪️❤️
Tianjin Teda finished 11th in the Chinese Super League last season.
Ideye scored 28 goals in 65 appearances for Olympiakos and won the 2016 Greek championship - his first league title in Europe.
Ideye moved to Greece in August 2015 from English club West Bromwich Albion.
He was West Brom's then-record club signing when he joined them in 2014 from Dynamo Kiev, but failed to justify the huge price tag.
The 26 year old made his international debut for Nigeria in August 2010 and has scored six goals in 27 appearances for the Super Eagles.
In 2013, he helped his country clinch their third African Cup of Nations title, scoring in the 4-1 semi-final victory over Mali.