Zhang Yuning talks about his return to CSL
Sports Scene

China's international Zhang Yuning's performance has been impressive thus far in the new Chinese Super League season. After four years abroad, the 22-year-old newcomer of Beijing Guoan adjusted quickly to domestic league and has already scored his first goal of the season.

Zhang officially signed with the capital club on February 24 after his three-year contract with the Premier League side West Bromwich Albion was cut short. The youngster was at the time on loan at Eredivisie side ADO Den Haag, where he played six league matches for the club without scoring.

Zhang made his debut for Guoan in a 1-0 away win against Wuhan Zall on March 1, where he set up Renato Augusto for a shot that hit the post. The Zhejiang native soon scored his first goal for Beijing eight days later in a 4-0 away win against Chongqing SWM, where he also played a part in Cedric Bakambu's goal with Jonathan Viera assisting. Zhang has since become the new sensation of the team.

Zhang Yuning of Beijing Guoan in action during the CSL match against Wuhan Zall, Wuhan, China, March 1, 2019 /VCG Photo

Zhang Yuning of Beijing Guoan in action during the CSL match against Wuhan Zall, Wuhan, China, March 1, 2019 /VCG Photo

"Personally I'm quite satisfied with my performance so far since my return. I didn't expect things to go so well because I thought I needed some time, as I'm not very familiar with my teammates, and that we were playing away matches. But I adjusted myself to their techniques, to this environment, and this system.

"I hope I can do better in the future. I know that anything can happen, but if I keep trying in the right direction, then I believe everything will be fine." Zhang said in an interview with CCTV.

At such a young age, Zhang already has experience in European leagues. He started in the Dutch Eredivisie side Vitesse in 2015 for whom he scored three goals. He was then signed by West Bromwich Albion for three years, during which he was on loan to Bundesliga side Werder Bremen and ADO Den Haag, where he didn't score any goal at either club.

Now back in China, a lot of hopes are placed on him to contribute to the club and the league.

"I've always dreamed to play abroad since I was a little kid. This dream will never go away. As for how far I can go, I think if I keep working hard and play as many games as I can, I will eventually be successful. I'm not in a rush. And now I will focus my heart solely on the club, the competitions, and nothing else," said Zhang.