Ezequiel Lavezzi snubbed Chelsea and Manchester United in favour of China move

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Former Paris Saint-Germain winger Ezequiel Lavezzi has admitted he joined the Chinese Super League despite offers from Chelsea, Manchester United and Inter Milan.

The Argentine became one of the highest earners in world football after agreeing to join Hebei China Fortune on a contract worth a staggering £400,000-a-week.

According to, in an interview with Canal+, he said: "I could have signed for Inter, Chelsea or Manchester United. But I made the decision to go to China. It’s an important choice for my career."


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The 30-year-old claimed that the opportunities on offer prompted him to choose a move to the Far East.

"I’m sure I’ll face many challenges here. I like the project to develop this club," he continued.

"It was that which convinced me to come to Hebei, as well as the financial aspect.

"I’m also fascinated by Chinese culture, so to come and play here is definitely an interesting challenge."

Despite the riches he is due to earn in China, the former Napoli forward is aware of the fact his international career is virtually over.

"Yes, it’s likely that experience is over. But I’ve already made the decision to come here and I want to do my best for my new club."

The winger made his international debut in April 2007 against Chile, making 48 appearances and scoring seven goals.

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