Sydney - Greed is behind the proliferation of big-name
players heading to the cashed-up Chinese Super League and it will not help the
country's national team, China-based Australian star Tim Cahill said.
The Chinese record transfer fee has been smashed four times
in the current transfer window, with Brazilian midfielder Alex Teixeira the
third big signing in just over a week after Jiangsu Suning paid 50 million
euros (US$56 million) for him to Shakhtar Donetsk.
The move came just three days after Guangzhou Evergrande
snapped up Atletico Madrid's Jackson Martinez for 42 million euros, and nine
days after Jiangsu's 28-million-euro purchase of Ramires from Chelsea.
Former Everton star Cahill, who now plays for Shanghai
Shenhua, said the ambition within Chinese football knew no bounds.
"When I first went to China I knew the vision, I knew
what was behind it and I knew what they wanted to do. To see where it's come to
now and where we're at, it's pretty crazy," he told Australia's Fox Sports
"They've got the power and when they want something,
they get it and when they don't want something they get rid of it. It's pretty
much like a revolving door, you see a lot of players coming in and a lot of
"It's crazy to see but this is only going to get worse.
This is going to be massive, soon they'll break the Aus$100 million (US$70
million) mark easily," he added.
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While money is evidently no object for cashed-up Chinese
clubs, Cahill suggested it had become too much of a priority for the stars
poached from some of Europe's best clubs.
"The choices that players are making are not about
football like it was in my day, they're purely about personal gains and it
depends what you want as an individual," he said.
"Is it going to help players? No. Is it going to be big
for the country? Yes.
"You're turning down Liverpool, you're leaving
Chelsea," he added, referring to Teixeira and Ramires.
"Players have got different ideas and you have to be
able to live in China as well. I live in Shanghai, it's a big city. Some of the
other areas it's a bit tough and we'll see how long they last."
Cahill added that the ambition of the Chinese Super League
was doing little to help China's home grown talent.
"With this investment in the players, there's a Catch
22. Does it help the Chinese? To a certain extent, no," he said.
"The most difficult area for the Chinese national team
is attacking, they can't score goals. Everything else, they're technically
gifted, they're great, I've spent a year with these kids.
"But when you sign players like this (Teixeira,
Martinez, Ramires) everything is up to us. If we don't deliver, it doesn't
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