Ex-River Plate, Fluminense midfielder Conca hoping for positive Guangzhou finish

Guangzhou Evergrande star Dario Conca is planning to help guide the club as far as he can in the 2013 FIFA Club World Cup.

Guangzhou Evergrande star Dario Conca is planning to help guide the club as far as he can in the 2013 FIFA Club World Cup.

The 30-year old Argentine midfielder will depart the Chinese club for a return to Brazil’s Fluminense at the culmination of their duties in the FIFA tournament in Morocco which has Guangzhou taking on Egypt’s Al Ahly in the quarter-finals for the chance to meet European champions Bayern Munich in the semis.

Conca was the Chinese Super League Player of the Year for 2013 and was also voted as the Chinese FA Cup’s best player despite going down 3-2 on aggregate to Guizhou Renhe in the final.

During his two-and-a-half-year stay with Evergrande, Conca helped the club take out the 2011, 2012 and 2013 CSL titles, the 2012 Chinese FA and Super Cups and the 2013 AFC Champions League which makes it so much harder for him to call time on his playing days with the Tigers.

"It was my last game (for Guangzhou) today," he told local press after the FA Cup final second leg on Saturday. "I was sad I failed to help my team to another honour, but I thank our fans for supporting me.

"My family will fly to Morocco with me for the Club World Cup and we will head to Brazil from there. I am happy to return to Fluminense but I thank Guangzhou and my stay in China will be a fond memory to cherish."

He added: "To be honest, I didn't expect to achieve so much with Guangzhou. Upon my arrival in Guangzhou the club told me they were hoping I would help the team win the Asian title within five years. I am happy that we made it in less than three years.

"We were all excited to achieve this. For all of us, winning the Asian championship is special because it means we have qualified for the Club World Cup."

 
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