Scolari signs new deal with champions Guangzhou

Luiz Felipe Scolari has signed a new deal with Chinese Super League champions Guangzhou Evergrande, it was announced on Monday, just 24 hours after leading the club to the league title.

The win was Guangzhou’s sixth straight championship, who took the title from closest rivals Jiangsu Suning with two games to go.

The Brazilian’s existing contract had been due to expire in November, but now he has signed an extension as the club seek to repeat their AFC Champions League successes of 2013 and 2015.

“From now on there will be very few teams who can win so many Chinese Super League titles in a row because the clubs are more evenly balanced and that is because there is more quality in the league,” said Scolari.

“This year was very difficult because our national team players were busy and we had six or seven players who were away a lot and that caused us some problems in the team.

“In the next four or five years there will be four or five teams who can win the title so it will be very difficult for Evergrande to keep winning,” he added.

The 67-year-old former Brazil coach could lead the club to a domestic double as Guangzhou take on Jiangsu in the final of the CFA Cup next month.