Chinese Super League 2016

Wayne Rooney DID turn down a multi-million pound deal to move to the mega-rich Chinese Super League

Former CNN anchor and friend Piers Morgan reveals details of a conversation where the England star confirmed an approach

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 10 March, 2016, 11:45am
UPDATED : Thursday, 10 March, 2016, 12:40pm

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has confirmed that he was made an eye-watering offer to play in the Chinese Super League, according to a report in England.

He then revealed a figure, based on a three-year deal, so stupendously, stratospherically gigantic that it did indeed make me feel instantly nauseous
Piers Morgan on Wayne Rooney’s offer to play in China

Daily Mail columnist Piers Morgan gave details of a private conversation he had with Rooney where the Manchester United and England captain revealed he had been offered “a figure, based on a three-year deal, so stupendously, stratospherically gigantic” that it made Morgan feel “instantly nauseous”.

It’s thought the offer came from Shanghai SIPG, who are managed by former England manager Sven Goran Eriksson.

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During an eye-catching winter spending spree, Chinese teams outspent every other league in world football splashing a total of HK$2.6 billion ahead of the new season.

Marquee signings such as Jackson Martinez, Alex Teixiera, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Ramires were enticed to play in China on big-money contracts.

The Daily Mirror previously reported that Manchester United were prepared to cash in on the 30-year-old and he was considering a contact offer of some £500,000 per week (HK$5.5 million) to move to China.

Shanghai SIPG, runners-up in the Super League last season, lost their opening match of the campaign on Saturday going down 1-0 to Henan Jianye, despite pairing star forwards Dario Conca and £14.3m-signing Elkeson together up front.


Morgan concluded in his column that, “Rooney won’t leave United for another year or two. But one thing is for sure, the Chinese are coming for world football and as with everything they do in business, they seem to have almost limitless sums of cash with which to dominate it.”