Tigana, who resigned as Bordeaux coach in May, said the move represented “a fantastic opportunity.”
He told a news conference: “I haven’t come to China for financial reasons. If I wanted to earn more, I could have stayed in England or in Turkey.”
Tigana, who won the European Championship as a player alongside Michel Platini in 1984, previously managed Lyon, Monaco, Fulham, Besiktas and Bordeaux.
Tigana follows Chelsea’s Nicolas Anelka in agreeing to move to China. Just a week ago, Shanghai Shenhua confirmed that they had signed the French striker, who will be the most high-profile overseas player in the Chinese league when he transfers next month.
Meanwhile, former Japan coach Takeshi Okada has signed a one-year contract to coach Hangzhou Greentown, starting 24 December, according to a statement on the club’s website.
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