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Dalian Wanda’s investment on new signings at its newly-acquired Chinese Super League football club has left one player excluded after he relocated halfway around the world with his family.

The Chinese conglomerate added hometown club Dalian Yifang to its sports assets late February after selling most of its stake in Atletico Madrid.

Dalian Yifang then immediately signed Yannick Carrasco and Nicolas Gaitan from Atletico and Jose Fonte from West Ham United for some 40 million euros  just before the Chinese Super League's transfer window closed on February 28th.  

But with the league's teams only allowed to field three foreign players Dalian Yifang is now trying to get rid of Mate Males. The former Croatian international midfielder was signed by the club’s previous owner, the Yifang Group, on February 1st.

Males, 29, moved to China with his wife and daughter after agreeing to a one-year contract with a one-year extension option. wanda logo 350

But Dalian Yifang failed to register Males, and has since ordered him  to train on his own, and excluded him from football activities, according to lawyers acting for Males.

In a letter last week, lawyers for the Croatian player have formally requested that the club respects the terms of Males’ contract.

The letter says Dalian Yifang has come up with a “poorly constructed theory” that Males failed a medical test in an effort to avoid fulfilling the contract.

Main photograph: Former national-team player Mate Males while he was at former club HNK Rijeka in Croatia.

Image above right: Dalian Wanda's corporate logo.