Jose Mourinho Says He Said No To An Offer From Chinese Super League
Again I find myself writing about someone high-profile getting an offer from the Chinese Super League but that's just the way things are at the moment and it's probably not going to stop anytime soon.
So many big-name players such as Oscar, Carlos Tevez, John Obi Mikel, Ricardo Carvalho and Axel Witsel have all moved to the Far East in the current transfer window, joining a number of guns in the Chinese Super League.
We looked at just a few of the other established names who haved to the league in the past in the following clip:
The league is stacked with overseas talent, so much so that you can make two very impressive XI's out of players playing in China.
But it's not just high-profile, well-known players who are being seduced by China. Managers in the Chinese Super League include Fabio Cannavaro, Dan Petrescu, André Villas-Boas, Luiz Felipe Scolari, Félix Magath and Manuel Pellegrini.
Jose Mourinho has admitted that he received an offer from China and though he is not critical of those who have made the move to the league, he rejected the advances.
Speaking to GQ Magazine, he said:
"No, I share the concerns. If you are negotiating a new contract with one of your players, and you offer him £5 million per year and they offer £25 million, then you have a big problem.
"Maybe the player takes £5 million because he prefers football. Or £25 million because he prefers money.
"I have already refused a big offer to go to China, but I don't criticise anyone who decides to do it. It's their choice, their life.Only they can decide what they need for their future.
"Other managers in the Premier League have been critical, but I am no critic. I am worried, because they can offer contracts that are impossible to offer in Europe.
"But in the end the player who wants to go is a player that maybe you don't want to keep. Imagine the guy who is 24 or 25, and he wants to go? At 24, or 25? OK, goodbye, be happy."
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