Tomas Rosicky has revealed that he rejected huge offers from clubs in both Russia and China before extending his contract with Arsenal.
The Czech international, who has been in fine fettle in recent weeks, confirmed he made the decision because ‘money is not everything’ although he did admit to entertaining the amazing financial terms for a few days.
Speaking to homeland website isport.blesk.cz the 31-year-old midfielder spoke openly about his contract negotiations at the Emirates.
“Arsenal let me get to the point where I had just half a year on my contract and could talk to anyone I wanted.
“It started to get interesting because I had very lucrative offers. This turned my head a little, but I have to say that Arsenal were my priority.
“In both cases [Russia and China] it was financially huge numbers, so that somehow you had to entertain it, it’s not easy. Some days I thought about it, but money is not everything, I’m glad I’ll be able to continue at Arsenal.”
Dismissing suggestions that his improvement on the pitch came about because he was trying to impress potential suitors, including Arsene Wenger, Rosicky continued:
“I want to say that what was sometimes written, that I have played better because I’m fighting for a contract, had nothing to do with it.
“Although it [the contract] is now signed, it was just a matter of preparing the paperwork. I had given my word to the coach that I would stay much earlier.”
Enjoying his renaissance, the former Borussia Dortmund star made clear that the real reason for his current form has been a combination of staying fit, playing regularly and also being fielded in the centre of the park.
“I am healthy, I play in the centre of the field and have rhythm from regular games. That is all together very important.
“When you play once a fortnight, it is difficult. I know I cannot handle all the games of the season, but the rhythm, being involved at least once a week is very important.”
Cheers to @SiuFay for the heads up on the interview.