In a statement, the Beijing Ducks said the club had kept good communication with Lin and relevant parties, and had reached an agreement to extend Lin's contract before the California-born star's decision to leave.
The so-called "Knappenschmiede," Schalke's academy, has developed several of Germany's best players such as Leroy Sane and Manuel Neuer.
"It was important for Pierre-Emerick to stay with us. He's a superb player with an incredible mentality. Being the player to have taken the least amount of time to reach 50 goals with this club tells you everything you need to know about him and his way of working."
The South American qualifiers had been due to begin in March but were suspended because of the global health crisis.
Qian Jiegei (R) of Shanghai Greenland Shenhua vies with Wen Yongjun of Guangzhou R&F during the first round match between Shanghai Greenland Shenhua and Guangzhou R&F at the CFA (The Chinese Football Association) Cup Dalian Division in Dalian, northeast China's Liaoning Province, Sept. 18, 2020. (Xinhua/Long Lei)
In the women's draw, US Open quarterfinalist Elise Mertens of Belgium disposed of Chinese Taipei's Hsieh Su-Wei 6-3, 6-1.
Thiago began his career at FC Barcelona, progressing through the youth system with his brother Rafinha, and said one reason he joined Liverpool was that it had a "family" feeling.
MADRID, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- La Liga on Wednesday announced two changes to the scheduled kickoff times of the second round of matches of the season to be played this weekend.
Dominic Dale, the world number 70, also reached Stage Two after topping his group with two wins and one draw.
Facing Jianye, 19-year-old Tan Kaiyuan tucked into the net for Evergrande's lead in the 32nd minute on a one-two with Luo Guofu.
Just three minutes into the second half, Hamdallah doubled his team's lead and his own tally after tapping in a rebound that fell to him just outside the six yard box, after a magnificent solo run down the right by Khalid Al-Ghannam ended with his initial shot being deflected into the Moroccan's path.