Bakambu: "This is an opportunity that's going to change my life"

The Congolese striker told AS he is "both happy and sad" ahead of a €40m move to Beijing Guoan of the Chinese Super League.

Bakambu se despide de Bacca en la ciudad deportiva del Villarreal
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Cedric Bakambu spoke to AS from Villarreal’s training ground after saying goodbye to his team-mates. The striker assured that his €40 million transfer to Chinese Super League club Beijing Guoan is close to completion.

Transfer to Beijing Guoan: “It’s all closed, almost everything has been done. Now I’m waiting for the two clubs to resolve things and that’ll be it.”

Everything can change in football: “Things change really quickly, but I’ve had this offer for a while and I didn’t want to say anything to anyone. I’m both happy and sad at the same time, a bit of both. But this is the life of a footballer.”

Opportunity in China: “This is an opportunity that’s going to change my life, I know it. But it’s not easy to make a decision. I’ve spoken a lot with my family and in the end we took this decision, I think it’s for the best.”

Bakambu: "This is an opportunity that's going to change my life"

A happy spell at Villarreal: “I’ve enjoyed my time at Villarreal, I’ve had two good years at the club and I want to thank everyone. I’m sad to leave now, but that’s the way it is.”

The fans: “The people at Villarreal have been affectionate towards me, they’ve always been with me and I love them too. That’s why I wanted to say goodbye to them.”

Memories: “Playing with Bacca, with Soldado, with loads of my team-mates, it’s a great opportunity. I’ve enjoyed myself a lot, by best memory is the home match against Liverpool.”

LaLiga Santander

Table PTS W D L
5Sevilla 29 9 2 6
6Villarreal 27 8 3 6
7Eibar 24 7 3 7
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*Update 5 de enero de 2018