By Michael Church
HONG KONG (Reuters) – Former Brazil worldwide Paulinho has signed a three-year contract with Saudi Arabia’s Al Ahli, the Jeddah-based membership introduced on social media on Friday.
The 32-year-old joins Al Ahli as a free agent after his contract with Chinese language Tremendous League aspect Guangzhou FC was cancelled by mutual consent final month.
Paulinho led Guangzhou to the Asian Champions League title in 2015 after becoming a member of the membership from Tottenham Hotspur and initially spent two seasons in China, successful back-to-back Chinese language Tremendous League titles.
The midfielder moved to Barcelona in the summertime of 2017 earlier than returning to Guangzhou the next yr and successful a 3rd Chinese language Tremendous League title in 2019.
Paulinho is the most recent participant to depart a Chinese language membership due to restrictions put in place to fight the continuing pandemic which have prevented these from abroad from returning to the nation.
His former Guangzhou staff mate Anderson Talisca signed for Saudi Arabia’s Al Nassr final month whereas Renato Augusto, beforehand with Beijing Guoan, has joined Corinthians in Brazil.
(Reporting by Michael Church, Modifying by Christian Schmollinger)