It's a change of continent and a new adventure for Paris' future ex-number nine. In his time in the red-and-blue shirt, the man from the island of Réunion bagged 38 Ligue 1 goals and played his way into the France team.

The senior squad gave the lanky striker a warm farewell during the Doha training camp, with each player signing a collector's item PSG shirt for him. The club would also like to thank Guillaume Hoarau for his professionalism and his commitment and wish him all the best in his new life.

The 28-year-old was a fun character in the dressing room, as Christophe Jallet pointed out in a press conference on Wednesday at the Camp des Loges. "It's tough to see him go, because we were a real bunch of mates," declared the Parisian right-back. "Guillaume made his choice, and I suport him, even though I would have preferred it if he hadn't decided to go so far away. But that's football and I wish him the best of luck. It's his choice and he has to find the best way of living up to his own expectations. We'll definitely miss his jokes, because he was also world-class in the humour department [laughs]!"

After Peguy Luyindula, Guillaume Hoarau is the second senior-team player to leave Paris Saint-Germain during the winter transfer window.