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Ideye: Why I rejected China big offer

09 March 2016, 17:44Israel Ojoko

Athens - Striker Brown Ideye has revealed why he rejected big offer from China to remain at Olympiakos.

The Nigeria international joined the Greek club last summer from English Premier League side West Brom and has scored 10 goals in 30 appearances so far in the current season.

Ideye insisted that the happiness of his family comes first before money.

"It was unbelievable money for the club and financially tempting for any footballer but I chose to stay here," he told BBC Sport.

"My family love it here, and clearly happiness comes before money."

Also read: Brown Ideye targets first team shirt at Olympiakos

"From where I come from [Nigeria] it's easy to hear people say go to China for the money but I'm happy here. Honestly I don't have (a genuine reason to) leave Olympiakos. I have been shown love and this is the place to be right now.

"My ambitions are the same as Olympiakos' because I came to a club with a strong habit of winning titles and playing regularly in the Champions League.

"I have individual goals and team goals; with the family atmosphere and strong fighting spirit within the club I believe we can achieve great things together.

"I want to continue winning trophies here and make a big contribution to the history of this great club."

A host of high-profile names, including Colombian striker Jackson Martinez, former Chelsea midfielder Ramires, Fredy Guarin, Ivory Coast forward Gervinho, Cameroon captain Stephane Mbia and compatriot Obafemi Martins recently made switches to the Far East.

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