Birmingham plan 10 academies across China

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"I have confidence we can do very well for Birmingham in China. We have the support of the Chinese government, and we have a very good plan which will allow our idea to help promote Birmingham and turn it into an international club," he said.

Yeung advisor William Chan added: "You will find the name of Mr Yeung in the newspapers in Hong Kong and China every day.

"The whole of China will want this club to be successful now." Yeung added: "Next year, Birmingham could become the fifth most popular team in China."

On their talent search in China, Yeung was confident.

"We've started observing local players. We hope to have some new developments in three months," Yeung said. "We all know the English Premier League is very popular. I believe it will get even more popular in China. The market is bigger."

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