Yaya Toure reportedly turned down a whopping £430 000 (R7.3 million) per week offer from a Chinese Super League club, and here is why he snubbed the big money move that could've made him the highest paid player in China.
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The Ivorian is understood to have rejected a massive offer from an unnamed club in China because he wants to help Manchester City push for the quadruple this season, according to the Mirror.
The £430 000 per week offer, which calculates to an annual salary of €25.58 million (R379 million), would've made him the highest paid player in China ahead of the current best earner Oscar.
Toure’s last apperance came on 9 January, but he insisted recently that he is not keen on earning the big bucks in China and rather wants to keep playing competitive football.
“Me to China? No....I’m still looking young, right? I want to play in Europe, especially in England. I want to continue doing that for a few years,” he told the Mirror.
“It’s my idea to stay in England, I always say that if I went to China I would end up feeling angry there. Do you play football because you love football - or do you play because you want to make money? What’s the purpose?
“Me, I just want to play football because I enjoy it, I love playing. I enjoy helping my team-mates, I enjoy playing against the big players and teams.
“I want to carry on in that way. Some people have the mentality that they want to do that - to try something different. But for me, my feeling is that I want to play more football.”
Overall, Toure has made 310 appearances for City, scoring 79 goals and assisting in another 49. This season, however, he has only featured in 11 games and is yet to hit the back of the net.
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