Wayne Rooney could have left for China..

Piers Morgan says Wayne Rooney's China offer made him sick

Published 2 Comments

Piers Morgan has revealed how he was left gasping in horror after Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney revealed the size of the offer he received from a club in the Chinese Super League.

According to reports, Rooney had the chance to leave the Red Devils during the recent transfer window and could have joined Ramires, Jackson Martinez and Alex Teixeira in the Far East.

The 30-year-old decided against the deal, knowing full well it would probably spell the end of his England career as well as put a huge downer on his testimonial at Old Trafford this summer.

Article continues below

Morgan, who evidently shares a close relationship with the striker, has revealed the full extent of the offer that was on the table from Sven-Goran Eriksson's Shanghai side.

Apparently, the offer was so huge – over £100,000,000 in total – it shocked the Good Morning Britain host to his core. Incredibly, Rooney revealed that the wage was after tax too.

Article continues below

Here is the extract from his MailOnline column:

My phone rang at 11pm tonight. It was England football captain Wayne Rooney.
He wanted to discuss his forthcoming Manchester United testimonial plans this summer.
But we also talked about reports in the papers this week that he’s been offered ridiculous sums of money to go and play in China for Shanghai, a team managed by Sven-Goran Eriksson.

‘It’s true,’ he said.

‘How big a salary are we talking?’

Rooney chuckled.

‘Come on,’ I prodded, ‘make me sick.’


He then revealed a figure, based on a three-year deal, so stupendously, stratospherically gigantic that it did indeed make me feel instantly nauseous. (Without giving too much away, let’s just say it included eight noughts...) I literally gasped in horror, prompting him to add a final killer blow: ‘After tax!’

‘There’s another advantage I can see,’ I said.

‘What’s that?’

‘The Chinese fans won’t realise how slow you’ve got.’

‘**** off!’

Sunderland v Manchester United - Premier League


While they may have failed to coax Rooney to the country, the offer put in front of him was further evidence of just how much power China have. Now the state is intent on increasing their global standing in the world of football, there is no telling how much the game could change over the coming years.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, himself an intelligent economist, said the Premier League should be worried because China "looks to have the financial power to move a whole league of Europe to China".

Genuine stars like Rooney may be out of reach for some time yet but the second tier stars – the Ezequiel Lavezzi's of this world – will struggle to reject the crazy money on offer. Indeed, Lavezzi, a squad player at PSG, was handed £400,000-a-week to join Hebei China Fortune.


Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Manchester United
Premier League
England Football
Wayne Rooney
Transfer News

Article Comments

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again