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Central Coast's Ibini to join Shanghai SIPG

Central Coast Mariners have confirmed that they have reached an agreement with Chinese Super League Shanghai SIPG for the transfer of Bernie Ibini.

The 20-year old striker, who was recently linked with Belgian outfit Club Brugge, is set to soon join Shanghai 'East Asia' with Mariners chairman Peter Turnbull playing down claims that the deal has already been finalised.

"It is disappointing to wake to headlines claiming our players have signed with others Clubs," Turnbull said. "One media outlet today labelled three of our players as 'gone', yet truth be told agreements for the three players mentioned by the publication have not been executed.

"It is common practice amongst football clubs around the globe not to speculate or comment about transfers until such time as the deal is complete. Incorrect reporting regarding player movement can lead to offers being withdrawn, to the potential disadvantage and disappointment of the player involved.

"What we can say is that many young players in the Hyundai A-League, including Bernie Ibini, are interested in plying their trade overseas. Our Club is proud of the fact we have provided numerous players with the opportunity to not only impress foreign Clubs and represent Australia's national teams, but also become wealthy young men.

"Australia's best young footballers are eager to play for our Club because they understand that league leading structures and policies are in place to enable them the opportunity to forge lucrative careers abroad after first providing outstanding service to the Central Coast region."

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