Robinho linked to Guangzhou Evergrande switch

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SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 06: Robinho gestures during a training session of the Brazilian national football team at Allianz Parque on June 6, 2015 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

Brazilian veteran forward has announced his departure from after refusing a proposed extension to his contract.

The 31-year-old has reportedly reached a deal to join Chinese Super League giants , who recently announced former head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari as their new manager.

“I want to thank the fans for their support and respect as well as the coaching staff and players, who will be friends for a lifetime,” Robinho said in a statement regarding his decision.

“Unfortunately I wasn’t able to renew my contract, but Santos will always be in my heart. I am still going to support the club and hope that one day I can return.”

With over 200 appearances in European competitions from his ten years with Real Madrid, Manchester City and AC Milan, Robinho will arrive in armed with vital experience, despite being in the twilight of his career.

Robinho’s signing to the 2013 AFC Champions League winners would represent another top capture after the club on Monday announced the arrival of Paulinho from Tottenham Hotspur for $15m.