Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has reportedly turned down a big-money offer from China to stay with the club next season.
According to The Sun, the monster offer would have seen him secure a deal worth £200,000 a week after tax, but the Spaniard wants to stay in west London ahead of Antonio Conte’s arrival at the club this summer.
It is claimed that after Oscar rejected the advances of Jiangsu Suning, Fabregas was next on the club’s list as they, along with their rivals in the Chinese Super League, are gearing up for the summer transfer market for their next splurge.
China has become a popular destination for some high-profile names in Europe, with the likes of Alex Teixeira, Jackson Martinez and Ramires all making the move across to the Far East earlier this year.
With the financial rewards on offer, it is undoubtedly difficult for many to ignore the interest and the chance of a fresh start outside of Europe in a league that continues to go from strength to strength given the influx of high level players.
However, Fabregas has reportedly opted to buck the trend and remain in England where he will hope to become an important part of Conte’s plans next season.
Chelsea have endured a miserable campaign in their bid to defend their Premier League crown this year, but with the Italian’s appointment, they will hope to get back to competing at the top of the table next season.