"Pursuing dreams is where 'Linsanity' originates, also the focal point for cooperation between the club and Lin," the Beijing club said, while expressing its understanding and respect towards Lin's decision.
Having run away with the 2019-20 Premier League, Liverpool started the new campaign in a similar fashion, with talismanic attacker Mohamed Salah opening the scoring from the penalty spot after just four minutes following a handball from Leeds defender Robin Koch.
The former assistant to Pep Guardiola has guided Flamengo to five wins, two draws and four losses, the same number of defeats suffered by the team in the entire 2019 Serie A season. Enditem
To be the first to win the national double a third consecuitive time in the league's history might be a driving thought for the titleholder.
In the other game played on Wednesday in the Suzhou division, Tianjin Teda held a 1-1 draw with Shijiazhuang Ever Bright. Frank Acheampong's header put Teda ahead in the 70th minute, but Chen Pu helped Shijiazhung level up in nine minutes.
Although he had become a scapegoat at Real Madrid over the past couple of seasons, Bale was greeted by around 100 fans at the Tottenham training ground when he reported for his medical on Friday.
While the Munich side is making every effort to mention as many serious rivals as possible, nearly all of the first tier's coaches name Bayern as the big favorite.
The pair were then taken to Spurs' training ground in Enfield, where Bale was given a rapturous welcome by fans who had waited outside of the ground to greet him.
The 28-year-old was one of five Premier League players included in manager Lionel Scaloni's preliminary 30-man squad on Friday.
The decisive point will be if the reluctant Swiss can set his bunch of youngsters on fire and at the same time close doors at the back.
"I'm very lucky to get through, I didn't play very well," Gilbert was quoted by the tournament's website.