Arjen Robben Has Some Pretty Strong Opinions On Players Who Move To China

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While the recent influx of delicious Chinese money has caused tremors amongst the well-set hierarchies of European football, turning players' heads on a daily basis, there's one man who doesn't get all the fuss: Arjen Robben.

The Dutch winger with the glistening dome, now 32, has just signed a contract extension with Bayern Munich despite lucrative interest from the far east and has hit out at those who choose to cash in rather than play at the highest level of the game.

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Speaking to German radio, the former Chelsea and Real Madrid player said: "I am having a great time here at Bayern and I am playing at one of the best clubs in the world. I would not know where to move at my age.

"A transfer to China would be something else entirely. That is basically acknowledging your career is over. I want to keep playing at the highest level as long as possible."

Much of it state-backed, the Chinese footballing revolution has seen bit-part players like Chelsea's Oscar command a £60 million transfer fee, while Carlos Tevez is now the highest-paid footballer in the world, bringing home £615,000 a week.

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Robben added: "I do not understand players going to China at the age of 27 or 28. Those guys are at the peak of their career. That is a waste really. You only get one career. I sort of understand players who are already in their 30s."

"It is all about a certain madness that is ongoing in China right now. They are offering some crazy figures. I also got some offers. The money on show is so crazy that you at least have to consider it.

"They are offering maybe four, five or six times the amounts you get at a big club. But money has never driven me. That is why I have had such a great career. It is about football for me."

Diego Costa, are you listening?