"It's not true that I'm not counting on him," insisted Koeman, who believes a loan move is likely.
Brazilian forward Alan Kardec was awarded a special jersey to commemorate his 100th CSL appearance in Chongqing before the match.
In a statement, the Beijing Ducks said the club had kept good communication with Lin and relevant parties, and had reached an agreement to extend Lin's contract before the California-born star's decision to leave.
"China is the most important market for us internationally," Alexander Jobst told Xinhua in a recent interview. The member of the board for marketing, sales, and organization at the German top tier club said they intend to create a new generation of Royal Blues fans in China over the next years.
"I think it's an amazing feeling. I was waiting for this moment for a long time and I am very, very happy to be here," Thiago told the Liverpool club's website.
With this win, Al-Nassr replaced Al-Sadd SC at the top of Group D with seven points, while Sepahan remain in third place, two points off a knockout stage qualification spot ahead of matchday four's reverse fixture on Friday.
The hosts almost made it four moments later but Matthias Ginter hacked Felix Passlack's shot off the goal line.
Yuliya Levchenko of Ukraine competes in the Women's High Jump at IAAF World Challenge Zagreb-70th Hanzekovic Memorial in Zagreb, Croatia, Sept. 15, 2020. (Igor Kralj/Pixsell via Xinhua)
"You can be sure that I will do everything possible so that the club has a successful season," Neves said in a video posted on social media.
The new season is said to be Lucien Favre's last chance to turn things around after the side failed to overtake their high-spending Bavarian rivals in the past two years.
But the partnership broke down as they failed to reach an agreement on controversies said to be mainly caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, PP Sports said.