Scolari to leave Guangzhou at end of season

Luiz Felipe Scolari will leave his position at Chinese Super League leaders Guangzhou Evergrande at the end of the season, the Brazilian has confirmed.

Scolari has been a huge success during almost three years in the CSL after leading Guangzhou to two league titles, the Chinese Cup, two super cups and an Asian Champions League title.

The 68-year-old is on the verge of adding a third successive league title too, with the club six points clear of Shanghai SIPG.

But with his contract expiring next month, Scolari has turned down the chance to extend his contract and announced on Thursday that he will leave the club.

Scolari has ruled out returning to his native Brazil, but is open to extending his decorated managerial career in either Europe or Asia.

Brazil’s World Cup-winning coach initially arrived at Guangzhou on an 18-month contract in the summer of 2015, but extended his contract after lifting the AFC Champions League with the club.