Over 2,000 people have been killed by COVID-19 and the city of Wuhan has been in lockdown mode for a month.

But that hasn’t stopped Sevilla vice-captain Daniel Carrico joining their football team.

The central defender was due to be out of contract this summer and had economic reasons for moving on.

Welcome to Wuhan!

Carrico made 12 first-team appearances under Julen Lopetegui this season – 11 as a starter – and had continued to be a key dressing room presence.

It might be due to the Spanish connection at Wuhan.

Experienced Spanish boss José González is at the helm of Wuhan with Leo Bapistao – formerly of Atletico de Madrid and Rayo Vallecano – their star attacking forward.

The new Chinese Super League [CSL] season was due to get underway this month, but all matches have been postponed amid fears over the fast-spreading disease.

Wuhan is the epicentre of this epidemic

The uncertainty hasn’t put off Carrico, however, who made three appearances in the Premier League for Reading back in 2013.

The 31-year-old won’t travel to China until the epidemic has passed, with all domestic games postponed in the meantime.

In his six and a half seasons with Sevilla, Carrico made 111 appearances and won the Europa League title three seasons in a row.

“With both the mentality and technique, Daniel will be the pillar on the defensive line, we expect a good performance in the future,” read a statement of Zall.