Chinese international captain Zheng Zhi, pictured March2007,admitted on Wednesday that unless Charlton Athletic retaintheirPremiership status he could not carry on playing for them.AFP
China captain Zheng Zhi will return home to play withclubShandong Luneng in June before possibly returning to PremierLeagueclub Charlton.Zheng joined Charlton on a six-month loan dealinJanuary. He said Wednesday he will play with Shandong in aJune7-13 competition featuring the league champions from China,SouthKorea and Japan.
After the six-month loan deal , I will definitely returntoShandong Luneng to play, Zheng said. At that time,ShandongLuneng and Charlton will have a new round of discussionsabout myfuture contract.
Charlton is in 17th place, but only one point away from movingoutof the relegation zone.
I will do my utmost to help Charlton avoid relegation ,Zhengsaid. That is very important because I wont be able toplayPremier League otherwise, even if they give me a contractnextyear.
Zheng has scored one goal in five games for Charlton. He had21goals for Shandong in 2006 and was named Chinas player of theyearfor the second time.
He is the third Chinese player to play in the Premier LeagueafterManchester City defender Sun Jihai and Sheffield UnitedmidfielderLi Tie.