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Jiangsu Suning ropes in former AC Milan and Real Madrid manager Fabio Capello

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The Chinese Super League, which has attracted many high profile players and coaches with big-money deals in recent years, is all set to add yet another feather in it’s cap.

The 70 year old Italian, who is often remembered for his spells at AC Milan and Roma, has signed a contract with Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning and is expected to take charge of the Chinese side from the moment possible.

Fabio Capello will join the ranks of Luis Felipe Scolari, Andre Villas-Boas, Gus Poyet, Fabio Cannavaro and Felix Magath as the high-profile coaches who have arrived in the Far East to try their luck.

Capello’s fellow Italian Marcello Lippi helped Guangzhou to the top of the Chinese game and is now in charge of the national team, which is struggling to qualify for the 2018 Russia World Cup.

Jiangsu confirmed this news on Sunday by publishing a statement on their official Instagram account. The statement read :-

“Today we have signed a working contact with Mr Fabio Capello. He will be the head coach of our team since today. Welcome Fabio!”

Capello made his name at AC Milan by winning the Serie A four times and the prestigious Champions League in 1993-94, before clinching the La Liga crown with Real during a first spell in Madrid. He returned to his homeland to manage Roma and helped them in lifting the second Serie A title of their history. He took control of Juventus in 2004 for two ill-fated seasons during which they fell foul of the infamous Calculation scandal. He won the Serie A twice with Juventus but both were revoked and they were demoted to the second tier for their involvement in Italy’s match-fixing scandal.

He returned to Madrid for a second spell with Real to successfully win the La Liga, and in December 2007 England appointed him McClaren’s successor. England reached the last 16 of the 2010 World Cup under Capello, and he resigned two years later after a disagreement over the stripping of the captaincy from John Terry.

He went on to spend three years with the Russian National team as their head coach before being sacked.