Renato Augusto hopeful China switch won’t end Brazil career

The Selecao star has confirmed he is leaving Corinthians and rejected a move to Schalke after Beijing Guoan made him an offer he couldn't refuse

Brazil star Renato Augusto says he hopes his decision to join Chinese club Beijing Guoan will not signal the end of his international career.

The 27-year-old midfielder broke into Dunga’s side during November’s World Cup qualifiers, his deep-lying playmaking impressing during a full 90 minutes which saw him score his first intenational goal in the 3-0 victory over Peru.

But with the likes of Diego Tardelli, Ricardo Goulart and Everton Ribeiro all losing their places in Dunga’s Brazil team following their respective switches to Asian football, Augusto is hoping he will retain his place in the side and revealed he has discussed his forthcoming transfer with Brazil Technical Coordinator Gilmar Rinaldi.

“All this played a part in my choice, it was a tough decision that I had to make quickly,” he told a press conference. 

“It's a risk I run. I met with Gilmar Rinaldi in Rio and talked to him about what was happening. He gave me his blessing.

“I will try and keep training. It was a choice I made and I now have to pursue [a recall to the national team].”

Former Leverkusen star Augusto was also linked with a move to Germany, with heavy interest from Schalke, but he revealed the offer from China was too good to turn down.

“There was a very good offer from Germany, three times more than I make here at Corinthinans,” he said.

“But then comes a proposal that I couldn’t refuse. I have to think about my family, about my future. I am a guy with long history of injuries.”

Coach Tite is seeing his 2015 Brazilian champions dismantled, with fellow midfielder Ralf set to follow Augusto to Beijing Guoan while Jadson has joined Tianjin Quanjian. 

Corinthians' two regular Brazil internationals Gil and Elias are also being linked with moves to Chinese football.