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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Reds confirm Dong exit

Dong Fangzhuo's United contract has been cancelled by mutual consent.

The 23-year-old striker became the first ever Chinese player at Old Trafford when he joined from hometown club Dalian Shide in January 2004. He initially spent two years on loan at Royal Antwerp until he was eligible to play in England, and scored 35 goals in 61 games during his time in Belgium.

Dong pulled on the red shirt for the first time in a friendly against Hong Kong XI in July 2005 and scored in the 2-0 win. The following summer he got the winning goal in a 1-0 win over Kaizer Chiefs during the pre-season tour of South Africa.

He finally made his competitive debut for the first team against Chelsea in May 2007, but his struggle to break into Sir Alex Ferguson’s squad continued last season. He only made two senior appearances in 2007/08, in September's Carling Cup defeat to Coventry and as a substitute in the 1-1 Champions League draw in Rome.

Dong had more joy in the reserves, including four goals in a three-game purple patch in November 2007, before a knee injury ended his season early.

In this summer’s Olympics in his homeland, Dong scored a late equaliser for China against New Zealand but could not prevent his country exiting the tournament at the first stage.

Dimi won't be cheap

Spurs sign Pavlyuchenko but won't let Berbatov join United on the cheap
Spurs last night insisted the £12million purchase of Roman Pavlyuchenko does not mean Dimitar Berbatov will be sold on the cheap. Spartak Moscow boss Valery Karpin yesterday confirmed they had accepted a bid for the Russia striker. He said: "If Roman agrees a contract then we are ready to let him go." Spurs insist Pavlyuchenko will be a replacement for Robbie Keane, not Berbatov. They want £32m for Berbatov but Manchester United have so far only offered £25m.
Neil McLeman, The Mirror