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Jancker signs one-year China deal

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Jancker is relishing a new challenge in the Chinese league.

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany -- Former German international Carsten Jancker has signed a one-year deal with Chinese team Shanghai Shenhua, his team Kaiserslautern announced on Thursday.

The 31-year-old giant striker will be looking to revive his career after a season disrupted by injury, playing just five times and failing to score as Kaiserslautern were relegated from the Bundesliga.

"Three or four European teams were interested in me but the Chinese challenge was too tempting," he said.

Having won the Champions League with Bayern in 2001, Jancker will now go straight into a tilt at the Asian Champions League title as his new side, who finished second in the Chinese League last season, are through to the quarterfinals of the continent's premier competition.

The 1m 94cm, blond-haired and blue-eyed Jancker, who scored 10 goals in 33 appearances for the German national team, will likely cut a striking figure in the Chinese league season which began in March.

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