FIA Sports Management is pleased to announce the signing of Javier Patino to Chinese Super League club Henan Jianye.
Patino joins the CSL club from Thai Premier League Champions Buriram United for a record-fee following a highly successful two-year stint with the club.
After playing for Alcobendas, SS Reyes, Cordoba and Xerez, the Spanish-born striker left his homeland in 2013 when he signed for Buriram and was an instant hit in Thailand, netting 16 goals in all competition as his side went on to claim the domestic treble of the Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup.
Last season, the 26-year-old was again in scintillating form and finished as his side’s top scorer with 21 goals in the league, as they retained the league crown after seeing off the challenge of second-placed Chonburi on the final day of the season.
Despite being born in Spain, Patino represents Philippines after qualifying the represent them through his mother.
He garnered plenty of attention when he received his Filipino citizenship and made an instant impact as he scored twice on debut in an 8-0 win over Cambodia in the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup qualifiers.
Patino will become the first ever Filipino to play in the Chinese Super League.