Cisse snubbed China offer
France striker Djibril Cisse has claimed he rejected a 20 million-euro (£17m) offer from China to join Lazio.
The former Liverpool forward 30, joined the Rome side from Panathinaikos in the summer but had the option to sign for Guangzhou Evergrande.
"I received various offers," he told France Football. "The Chinese champions Guangzhou Evergrande offered me 20m euros for two and a half years.
"I decided to refuse it, though, as I still wanted to have a chance of playing for France side again.
"I didn’t want to go and play my football in a country so far away."
Several big-name players have recently opted to take up big-money offers to play in unusual locations while still in their prime, including ex-Barcelona and Internazionale star Samuel Eto’o, who moved to FC Anzhi in Russia, and Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan, who completed a surprise loan move from Sunderland to Emirati side Al-Ain.
Cisse, however, is French, and with competition fierce for places in Laurent Blanc’s side he decided his future lay in one of Europe’s top leagues.
"I’m a better player now than I was in the past," he continued.
"I may have lost a little in terms of pace, but my positional sense is better.
"As long as I am playing football, I’ll always believe that I can play for the national side."