By Alex Demarco

Andre Villas-Boas has agreed to become the new manager of Chinese Super League team Shanghai SIPG, taking over from former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson, who was sacked on Thursday.

The 39-year-old, who left Russian side Zenit St Petersburg back in May, will reportedly earn £11 million a year at his new club according to The Daily Mail, who are delighted to have landed the former Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur boss.

“Andre Villas-Boas is the leading young manager in European football, with a huge amount of passion and coaching experience,” a Shanghai statement said.

“We are convinced his arrival will enrich the tactical nous of the team, unearth the potential of our young talents and guide our club to scale new heights.”

A prodigy of Jose Mourinho, Villas-Boas tainted his reputation during two underwhelming managerial stints in England but can consider his time in Russia as a success, winning three trophies during his two-year spell there, including the 2014-15 Russian Premier League title.

His move to China comes as something of a surprise, having recently been linked with the vacant Inter Milan job following Frank de Boer’s dismissal.

In Shanghai, the Portuguese tactician will be reunited with Brazilian forward Hulk, who joined the club back in June, with the two having previously worked together at both Porto and Zenit.

Villas-Boas’ appointment is a major coup for Chinese football which has spent considerable amounts of money in an attempt to increase its global appeal and popularity.


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