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Last Updated: Tuesday, 19 February 2008, 15:02 GMT
Charlton tie up with Chinese team
Zheng Zhi
Zheng Zhi has scored nine goals this season (Getty Images)
Charlton Athletic have announced a partnership with Chinese Super League team Shandong Luneng.

Shandong sold Chinese international midfielder Zheng Zhi to the Addicks last summer.

Charlton chief executive Peter Varney said: "There will be a series of coaching and playing exchanges."

Shandong's academy is regarded as the best in China and the deal includes a formula for potential transfers and information about young players.

We have developed a close relationship ever since ZiZi came on loan to the club

Chief executive Peter Varney

Charlton will embark on a tour of China in the next three years and the club have also been invited to enter a team in the China Weifang International Tournament.

Varney added: "Starting next month and for the next three years, we intend to work closely with Shandong Luneng for the benefit of both clubs.

"We have developed a close relationship ever since ZiZi came on loan to the club in December 2006 and that was strengthened when we negotiated his transfer last summer.

"Although Shandong feel they have a good academy, they are open to other ideas and they are keen for us to devise a management model to potentially improve how it is structured.

"We are also currently talking to them about the possibility of Charlton matches being shown in China because there is huge interest in ZiZi.

"This is extremely complicated in the Football League, however, due to existing broadcasting arrangements and we are trying to work our way through the problems."

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