The future of Chinese champions-elect Shenzhen Jianlibao has been thrown further into doubt after it was announced that a Beijing-based consortium has taken over the club's parent company, soft drink maker Guangdong Jianlibao. Huizhong Tianheng Investment, in conjunction with Northern Hengtai, has taken control of Jianlibao after buying of 91.1 per cent of the company's shares. The deal was announced in Guangzhou and came as surprise to most observers, who were amazed by the speed of the negotiations. 'I felt relieved that we finally find a credible buyer for Jianlibao,' said Zhang Hai, the 30-year-old former chairman and majority shareholder of the company, who also headed the board of directors of Shenzhen Jianlibao Football Club. Zhang was forced to resign in August after being heavily criticised for going massively over budget in assembling a stellar cast for his club, including national team captain Li Weifeng and stars like Zheng Zhi, Li Yi and Yang Chen. However the team, sitting eight points clear on the top of the Chinese Super League standings and needing only two more points with three matches left to clinch the city's first league title despite not having been paid since May, do not appear any more secure for the takeover. 'Our first goal is to save Jianlibao Group, then help it to survive by itself,' Huizhong Tianheng board director Li Zhida was quoted as saying by sinosoc.com. 'Football is not in our plans. So maybe the future CSL club will be sold.' The website also reported Huizhong Tianheng public relations chief Xu Lin as adding that soccer was not a priority. 'To be honest, we don't have time to work on the future of the football club at the moment. 'After this big deal, the most important thing is to wake up Jianlibao and get it to start producing. 'However, the team is an excellent team. They have done very well this year, but we really don't have the chance to get involved in football business at the moment. 'But one thing is for sure, and that is that the team will not move to Beijing. There are many reasons for this, the main one being that the Shenzhen local government will not allow us to move the club.' The municipality will be rewarded for their loyalty with the first of possibly two titles next Wednesday when a victory over Shanghai Shenhua would force the reigning champions to hand over the trophy they won in Shenzhen on the last day of last season. The league title will cost local taxpayers 2.5 million yuan, which was promised as a reward to the club if they could deliver the silverware for the city. The team will also play in the final of the inaugural Chinese Super League Cup against Shandong Luneng next month. Huizhong Tianheng was previously known for owning Little Nurse, a leading cosmetic company on the mainland. But the company sold the brand to French industry giant L'Oreal earlier this year and is said to have earned more than US$100 million from the deal. Xu refused to reveal the price of the Jianlibao deal.