Jonathan Viera will now be plying his trade in the Chinese Superleague, making Saturday’s game against Sevilla Viera’s last game for UD Las Palmas this time around. He also becomes the only player in the history of the club to be transferred on two separate occasions. This latest deal to be reached by UD Las Palmas’ president and the director general of Beijing Guoan, Li Ming, brings to a close Viera’s second spell for the yellows, following his return from Standard Liege in January 2015, with 115 official matches under his belt since then.
UD Las Palmas will keep 30% of the economic rights of any further transfer deal, as well as other bonuses in the event of Beijing Guoan winning the Chinese Superleague or any other international competition.
The administration board at UD Las Palmas recognise that they could do nothing to stop their player leaving, while saying they are pleased with the way negotiations went.
Jonathan Viera contributed to his club’s promotion to the First Division in the 14/15 season with 7 goals in 21 games. This season he has played 23 matches in the Liga Santander and two in the Spanish Cup, scoring four goals.
UD Las Palmas had previously transferred Viera to Valencia CF in the 2012/13 season. After loaning him out to Rayo Vallecano, Valencia sold him to Belgian side Standard Liege. Unión Deportiva bought him back after their promotion, and are now selling him on for a second time.
UD Las Palmas would like to publicly thank Jonathan Viera for his wholehearted commitment while wearing the shirt of the club, and wish him the best success for his future professional career.
(Phot: Li Ming and Miguel Ángel Ramírez, this morning in Madrid).