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Guangzhou Evergrande signing Diamanti determined to keep Italy World Cup place

Guangzhou Evergrande signing Alessandro Diamanti is determined to keep his place in Italy's World Cup squad.

Diamanti left Bologna last month for the Chinese giants.

"It was a lifestyle choice," he told Sky Sport Italia and Radio Deejay. "My wife is Chinese and I wanted to deepen my knowledge of this culture. Plus I'm from Prato and there is a huge Chinese community there.

"Lippi really wanted me there and I am joining a club that won everything this year. I go with a great deal of enthusiasm.

"Clearly I am also going to get paid very well, but what really interested me was a new experience. My priority was to challenge myself all over again in a new environment."

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