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Wolfsburg signs China midfielder for 2 1/2 years

Wolfsburg signs China midfielder Zhang Xizhe on 2 1/2-year contract

The new player for German first division soccer club of VfL Wolfsburg, Zhang Xizhe from China,  poses in the stadium in Wolfsburg, Germany, Tuesday De...

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The new player for German first division soccer club of VfL Wolfsburg, Zhang Xizhe from China, poses in the stadium in Wolfsburg, Germany, Tuesday De...

WOLFSBURG, Germany (AP) -- Wolfsburg says it has signed China midfielder Zhang Xizhe from Beijing Guoan on a 2 1/2-year contract.

Wolfsburg director Klaus Allofs says the 23-year-old Zhang is "someone who can help us in the long run."

Allofs says he believes Zhang will be able to succeed in the transition from the Chinese Super League to the Bundesliga.

Zhang thanked Wolfsburg and spoke in German, saying it was a "special day," and that he was looking forward to playing for "such a great club."

Zhang is the fourth Chinese player to join a Bundesliga club.

Wolfsburg is second in the standings, nine points behind leader Bayern Munich.