The Chinese Super Leagues foreign players and coaches who are outside China may not be allowed to return until October, according to reports in local media.


Several Chinese outlets reported the story which broke on football reporter Miao Yuans Weibo on Tuesday, as up to a third of the leagues foreigners remain outside the country.


The reporter for the Sike football app wrote that those foreign players and coaches who are outside China may not be allowed in until October, along with other foreigners.


China banned foreigners from entering the country on March 28 as part of its coronavirus prevention measures. Despite suggestions that special visas would be issued to allow their entry, there has been no official word.


The story puts into doubt the future of Nigeria striker Odion Ighalo. The former Watford forward is on loan at English Premier League side Manchester United from CSL club Shanghai Shenhua, but reports disagree over where he will next play.


On Tuesday, The Times said the striker will go back to China next month as the teams reach an impasse.


Sky Sports reported that United have not made an offer, while The Times suggest they are unwilling to pay the Chinese sides US$24.65 million asking price.


Shenhua, who are reported by The Times to have offered Ighalo a US$92.6 million contract until January 2024, do not want to continue the loan until the end of the English season, whenever that may be.


However, with foreigners banned from entering China, it is unclear where the deadlock would leave the 30-year-old, who has expressed his desire to stay in Manchester as has coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.


Ighalo, whose loan expires on Sunday, is one of up to a third of the CSLs foreign contingent trapped outside China.


These include Dalian Pro manager Rafa Benitez and his new signings, Marcus Danielson and Sam Larsson. 


The trio had been in Hong Kong and were pictured training at Happy Valley while awaiting news on being allowed into the mainland. 


Aside from Benitez, several other coaches are outside the country, which will impact preparations for the delayed 2020 season.


Beijing Guoans Bruno Genesio, Uli Stielike at Tianjin Teda, Jiangsu Sunings Cosmin Olaroiu and Juan Manuel Lillo of newly promoted Qingdao Huanghai  remain overseas.


Sikes Miao was one of a number of reporters to suggest that the CSLs aim to start on June 27 would not be possible and a mid-July kick-off was looking more likely.


Despite the ongoing delay to the season, which was meant to start in February, teams are still preparing for the campaign.


Ighalos Shanghai Shenhua teammates lost 4-0 to the Chinese national team in a friendly in Shanghai on Tuesday.



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These foreigners may not return to China until October



The Chinese Super Leagues foreign players and coaches who are outside China may not be allowed to return until October, according to reports in local media.


Several Chinese outlets reported the story which broke on football reporter Miao Yuans Weibo on Tuesday, as up to a third of the leagues foreigners remain outside the country.


The reporter for the Sike football app wrote that those foreign players and coaches who are outside China may not be allowed in until October, along with other foreigners.


China banned foreigners from entering the country on March 28 as part of its coronavirus prevention measures. Despite suggestions that special visas would be issued to allow their entry, there has been no official word.


The story puts into doubt the future of Nigeria striker Odion Ighalo. The former Watford forward is on loan at English Premier League side Manchester United from CSL club Shanghai Shenhua, but reports disagree over where he will next play.


On Tuesday, The Times said the striker will go back to China next month as the teams reach an impasse.


Sky Sports reported that United have not made an offer, while The Times suggest they are unwilling to pay the Chinese sides US$24.65 million asking price.


Shenhua, who are reported by The Times to have offered Ighalo a US$92.6 million contract until January 2024, do not want to continue the loan until the end of the English season, whenever that may be.


However, with foreigners banned from entering China, it is unclear where the deadlock would leave the 30-year-old, who has expressed his desire to stay in Manchester as has coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.


Ighalo, whose loan expires on Sunday, is one of up to a third of the CSLs foreign contingent trapped outside China.


These include Dalian Pro manager Rafa Benitez and his new signings, Marcus Danielson and Sam Larsson. 


The trio had been in Hong Kong and were pictured training at Happy Valley while awaiting news on being allowed into the mainland. 


Aside from Benitez, several other coaches are outside the country, which will impact preparations for the delayed 2020 season.


Beijing Guoans Bruno Genesio, Uli Stielike at Tianjin Teda, Jiangsu Sunings Cosmin Olaroiu and Juan Manuel Lillo of newly promoted Qingdao Huanghai  remain overseas.


Sikes Miao was one of a number of reporters to suggest that the CSLs aim to start on June 27 would not be possible and a mid-July kick-off was looking more likely.


Despite the ongoing delay to the season, which was meant to start in February, teams are still preparing for the campaign.


Ighalos Shanghai Shenhua teammates lost 4-0 to the Chinese national team in a friendly in Shanghai on Tuesday.



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