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Last Updated: Wednesday, 4 February, 2004, 19:36 GMT
Dong joins Antwerp
Dong Fangzhou
Fangzhou with Antwerp coach Marc Grosjean
Belgian club Antwerp have confirmed Chinese striker Dong Fangzhou has signed on loan from Manchester United.

Dong joined United last month for 3.5m and will stay with Antwerp until 2007 to help his development, although he can be recalled at any time.

"I don't know anything about Antwerp and the Belgian league but I am not disappointed to be here," he said.

Fangzhou is the first Chinese player to play in Belgium and will start training with the club next week.

Dong, who was also linked with Real Madrid and Inter Milan, emerged as the cream of a crop of youngsters sent by China's top clubs to England for trials in August.

But he does not yet qualify for a UK work permit and faces several hurdles before he becomes an Old Trafford regular.

He could either apply for a Belgian passport - which would allow him to play in England - or have played in 75% of China's international matches during the next two years to qualify for a work permit.






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