Ezequiel Lavezzi has revealed that he had offers from Inter Milan, Chelsea, and Manchester United before he decided to join Hebei China Fortune from Paris Saint-Germain, according to reports from Goal.
Lavezzi was heavily linked with a move away from PSG in the January transfer window, as his contract with the French champions would have expired this coming summer.
And the Argentina international revealed that he was courted by Serie A giants Inter and English duo Chelsea and Man United, but instead chose to join the Chinese Super League due to the grand scale of their project.
“I could have signed for Inter, Chelsea or Manchester United,” he told French channel Canal+.
“But I made the decision to go to China. It’s an important choice for my career, I’m sure I’ll face many challenges here.
“I like the project to develop this club. 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.”
The 30-year-old went on to add that it is likely he will not feature for the national side anymore because of the move, but is still happy with his decision.
“Yes, it’s likely that experience is over,” he said. “But I’ve already made the decision to come here and I want to do my best for my new club.”
Lavezzi burst into the scene with Napoli back in 2006, becoming a key component for the Partenopei alongside Edinson Cavani before they both joined PSG in 2012 and 2013 respectively.