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Chi­nese Su­per League side Tian­jin Quan­jian threat­ened to take le­gal ac­tion against An­thony Modeste and Cologne af­ter the Ger­man club re­vealed they re-signed the striker. The 30-year-old left for Tian­jin in July 2017 for a re­ported fee of €35 mil­lion, sign­ing a con­tract un­til the end of 2020. How­ever, Modeste got into a con­tract dis­pute with Tian­jin in the sum­mer and sub­se­quently ter­mi­nated his con­tract, claim­ing the club owed him money. Tian­jin ap­pealed to FIFA and then is­sued a state­ment re­mind­ing both par­ties that Modeste is still reg­is­tered with them and re­vealed they are pre­pared to take the mat­ter to the Court of Ar­bi­tra­tion for Sport if needed. Dur­ing the ap­peal process to FIFA, Modeste signed for Cologne, who an­nounced his ar­rival of­fer­ing him a con­tract un­til 2023. FIFA ruled that Tian­jin has to pay Modeste his out­stand­ing salaries while also con­clud­ing that the player had no good rea­son to ter­mi­nate his con­tract.

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