BEIJING: Chinese defender Li Weifeng insisted on Thursday he was returning to England to try to force his way into the Everton team.
The streak-haired full-back flew back to China before Christmas nursing an injury and to look after his ailing mother at their Shenzhen home.
But he denied he was disillusioned with his so-far unsuccessful quest to join Chinese team-mate Li Tie as a first-team regular at Everton, who drew 1-1 with Manchester City on Wednesday.
“I am not back to Ping’an,” he told the Xinhua news agency, adding that competition in Everton was fierce, but “I will try my best.”
He last year traded pin-up status and a starring role with top Chinese team Shenzhen Ping’an for a crack at the English Premiership but has spent much of his one-year loan spell on the bench.
Ping’an has to pay Everton US$20,000 in compensation if Li leaves before the loan period ends, Xinhua said.
Unlike Lie Weifeng, Li Tie has cemented his place in an Everton side now sponsored by China’s mobile phone maker Kejian. – AFP