Rosicky turned down mega-money offers

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Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky has admitted he rejected huge offers from clubs in Russia and China before signing a new deal with Arsenal.


The Czech Republic midfielder signed a new deal with the Emirates Stadium club on Monday, but admitted it was not as straightforward a decision as many believe it was.


Arsene Wenger has praised the 31-year-old for his vastly improved performances in recent weeks, with Rosicky becoming a key member of the Gunners starting XI once more, but the player denied his upturn in form had anything to do with earning a new deal.


“Arsenal let me get to the point where I had just half a year on my contract and could talk to anyone I wanted,” he told Czech website


“It started to get interesting because I had very lucrative offers. This turned my head a little, but I have to say that Arsenal were my priority.”


Rosicky could not deny that he had to think about such substantial numbers, but decided that the opportunity to continue playing with Arsenal was a greater attraction than more lucrative offers in Russia and China.


“In both cases, it was financially huge numbers, so that somehow you had to entertain it - it's not easy,” he added.


“Some days I thought about it, but money is not everything. I'm glad I'll be able to continue at Arsenal.”


A number of players have decided to make the move to clubs in these countries in recent times; Nicolas Anelka moved to Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua from Chelsea in January.


Whereas players such as Samuel Eto’o, Roberto Carlos and Yuri Zhirkov have all been tempted by the millions on offer at newly wealthy Russian Premier League side Anzhi Makhachkala.

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