£312,500-a-week Champions League Winner Confirms Big Offer to Complete Man Utd Transfer
José Mourinho has revealed he has already turned down a big-money move to China but says he can understand why players are tempted to move to the Far East.
The Portuguese manager took over from Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford in May, signing a three-year deal with the Premier League giants.
However, Mourinho who reportedly earns £312,500-a-week with Manchester United claims he could have moved to China and says the Chinese Super League clubs are able to offer deals that the Premier League simply cannot compete with.
Mourinho told GQ Magazine:
“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.”
United stars Ashley Young and Wayne Rooney have both been linked with moves to China and Mourinho says the money on offer can cause problems.
“No, I share the concerns. If you are negotiating a new contract with one of your players, and you offer him £5m per year and they offer £25m, then you have a big problem.
“Maybe the player takes £5m because he prefers football. Or £25m because he prefers money.
“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…
“The player who is 31 or 32, and they go for a few years and then come back with a bank account full, OK.
“But when they are young and they have a chance to be in the best competitions, and they still decide to go, well maybe it is better that they go.”
After a difficult start, Mourinho is starting to get it right at Old Trafford as he aims to secure the club a first Premier League title since 2013.
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