- Jose Mourinho says he was approached to manage a team in China but rejected
- The Portuguese understands why players between 24 and 26 will move to China
- Shanghai Shenua are offering to make Wayne Rooney the highest paid footballer ever
Jose Mourinho says he rejected a move to the Chinese Super League but does not blame younger players who do as the money is tempting.
A host of worldwide names have made the switch for mammoth wages, with the likes of Carlos Tevez earning over £600,000-a-week to play, John Mikel Obi, Oscar have also moved in the January transfer window.
Mourinho has revealed that he has turned down a significant wage increase to remain in the Premier League.
Mourinho also says the money offered by CSL teams has made it a little more difficult for Premier League teams to complete deals.
Speaking to GQ, Mourinho said: "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.
"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… 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."
Meanwhile, it is believed that Shanghai Shenua have made a move for Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney.
He could become easily the highest-paid footballer in history with an offer which reportedly totals £900,000-a-week.