Cedric Bakambu confident of completing Beijing Guoan transfer

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The DR Congo international expects his transfer to the Chinese top-flight to be confirmed in a matter of time

Cedric Bakambu is optimistic that his move to Chinese Super League outfit Beijing Guoan will be completed and made official soon.

Beijing Guoan triggered the 26-year-old’s release clause from Villarreal in January but are yet to confirm and present the talisman to the club fans and media.

The transfer has been stalled by a new rule made by the Chinese FA last year that expects club to pay 100% transfer tax for overseas players for the development of the country's football at youth level.

With Beijing Guoan still seeking to reach an agreement with the Chinese authorities, Bakambu who joined Roger Schmidt’s men in Portugal for their training camp ahead of the new Chinese league season, expressed his calmness amid the transfer saga.

"There's no problem, it's just a question of timing. I expect the transfer to go through,"Bakambu told AFP.

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"They didn't want to do it in the shadows hidden away in a hotel in Portugal.

"They want to do that in Beijing in front of the press and their supporters, and that's why this thing is dragging on a bit.”

Refusal to pay the transfer tax could lead to point deductions based on the fee for the player and inability to register the player with the Chinese Football Association.

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