Yaya Toure has stated that he has no interest in a move to China and can’t understand players choosing money over real football.
Looking to announce itself as a major player in the footballing world, China have poached several top players in recent months, paying out jaw-dropping sums of money in the process.
Carlos Tevez and Oscar are now plying their trade in the Far East while Hulk, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Graziano Pelle have been there since last season. However, despite serious interest in the Manchester City star, it seems Yaya Toure believes there are far more important things in the game than money.
Speaking about the Chinese Super League, the Ivory Coast international stated that he could not understand why players would essentially abandon the game in the pursuit of higher monetary rewards.
“Me? No [I don’t want to move to China]. I’m still looking young, right? I want to play in Europe, especially in England. I want to continue doing that for a few years yet. I always say that if I went to China I would end up feeling angry there.
Do you play football because you love football or do you play because you want to make money? Me, I just want to play football because I enjoy it. I love playing. I enjoy helping my team-mates, I enjoy playing against the big players and teams.
“I want to carry on in that way. Some people have the mentality that they want to do that [go to China] – to try something different. But for me, my feeling is that I want to play more football.
“Look at my friend Ibrahimovic. He’s 35 and he’s going to play for maybe three more years? He’s got the same mentality as me. He’s a big player, a champion who loves football. It’s football first. Anything after that is a bonus. You can be lucky to go and play for big clubs and still earn a lot of money. But those who go to China? I don’t think like that.”
In a footballing world where players seem more and more concerned with money than the game itself, it’s certainly uplifting to hear a figure of Yaya Toure’s status setting the record straight.