Chinese Super League club Hebei China Fortune have confirmed former Manchester City coach Manuel Pellegrini as their new manager.
Pellegrini guided Manchester City to their first Champions League semi-final last season, but announced in February that he would leave the Etihad Stadium on June 30, with the club immediately naming Pep Guardiola as his successor.
The 62-year-old Chilean, who won the Premier League – in 2014 – and two League Cups – in 2014 and 2016 – with City after taking over in 2013, joins big-name coaches Sven-Goran Eriksson of Shanghai SIPG and Guangzhou Evergrande’s Luis Felipe Scolari in China.
Their squad includes Argentina’s Ezequiel Lavezzi, who moved from Paris Saint-Germain earlier this year, former Arsenal forward Gervinho and ex-Chelsea winger Gael Kakuta.
Pellegrini will take over as coach from former Everton midfielder Li Tie who had been in charge for just over a year.