Guangzhou Evergrande director disappointed at Conca behaviour
Liu Yongzhuo, chairman of Guangzhou Evergrande football club, has spoken to the Chinese media of the clubs disappointment at the behaviour of Argentine star Dario Conca.
Conca, 29, joined the Chinese side in June 2011 for a fee of $10 million, but has grown disillusioned in the Far East after falling out with former manager Lee Jang-Soo after being regularly substituted at the start of the campaign.
Despite being one of the best paid players on the planet, Conca is reported to have packed-up all his belongings and left only a note to inform the club that he did not intend to return. Conca will meet with Fluminense sponsor Unimed chairman Celso Barros this week to discuss a return.
“Frankly, my view on Conca is: he’s brilliant on the field, but difficult off it,” Liu told the Soccer News publication. “We can all see his performances, he is an exceptional player. Off the pitch, to put it nicely, there is not enough professionalism. To put it bluntly, he is a ‘contract fraud’.
“As [Evergrande group chairman] Xu Jiayin has said, he must abide by the contract. Conca must fulfil the terms stipulated in the contract. In this case, there has been a clear breach of contract.
“Conca has gone. He left a letter which said: ‘I’ve gone and I’m not coming back’. In fact, he told us this before when he started agitating over a transfer.
“Regarding a transfer, the chairman has discussed his terms. If they aren’t met, then he cannot leave until the end of the contract. This was all considered when we signed him. If he doesn’t come back, we will go to court to protect our interests. At that time, we will take the contracts to FIFA.”
Evergrande have looked to move quickly to replace the unsettled Argentine, though, with Botafogo forward Elkeson close to completing a €6 million move to the club.