PARIS (AFP) – Young Chinese players will train at France’s national Clairefontaine centre after a Chinese sport tourism company signed a deal with the French Football Federation (FFF), it was announced yesterday.
Shankai Sports Travel will promote the French training centre to Chinese schools, sports associations and professional football clubs under the deal, the FFF said in a statement.
The financial details were not released for the “exclusive co-operation agreement”, which will run until August 31, 2020.
About 20 young Chinese players began training at the France international team base, which is around 50 kilometres south of Paris, in August.
“As soon as it opened on February 2017, the French football office in Beijing quickly received a large number of requests to train at Clairefontaine. For the Federation, it was important to collaborate,” said Clairefontaine director Eric Latronico.
China failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.