Cardiff City Football Club was thrilled to welcome two of the new generation of young Chinese footballers this week.
Yuan Xiuqi and Yuan Xiucheng visited the Bluebirds Academy on Thursday morning, prior to Cardiff City Stadium and the home of the Bluebirds in the afternoon.
During their visit, they spoke exclusively to Cardiff City’s in-house TV station – Cardiff City Player HD – where they discussed their experience with the Bluebirds, the opportunity to witness UK football first-hand and their pleasure at being part of the fast-growing sporting culture in China, being driven by President Xi Jinping.
Cardiff City FC and Tan Sri Vincent Tan are committed to supporting the growth of sport in China and other Asian countries. Speaking this week, Bluebirds CEO, Ken Choo said: "We've recently seen the rapid development of two young Malaysians from Kedah State FC who trained with us at our Academy at the start of the year. They're now flourishing in the Kedah first team as two of their country's brightest prospects.
"The visit of Xiuqi and Xiucheng this week further highlights our commitment to supporting the growth of world football. Our Chairman, Mehmet Dalman, and I visited Beijing this summer to witness first hand the development of youth football in the country and its growing popularity (continues...).
Ken Choo & Mehmet Dalman, Beijing (2015)
"Cardiff City's doors are open to those wishing to experience UK football culture and wanting to learn from our experienced and talented youth coaches here at Cardiff City Academy. Our Club celebrates diversity and equality. We will share our resources and skills on a global scale, as is part of Tan Sri Vincent's vision.
"We now look forward to monitoring Xiuqi and Xiucheng’s progress and hope that they can achieve in the same way as Osman and Sayzuan have with Kedah State in Malaysia."
Click below to watch an exclusive interview with Xiuqi and Xiucheng!