Rosicky: I rejected huge offers from Russia and China

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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. 

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Sajit
Sajit

Russia and China.. hmm? Surprised he didnt get ones.

bob's your uncle
bob's your uncle

great to have him back… he really is LANS.

……at last!

bob's your uncle
bob's your uncle

instead of LABOV

(like a broken old volvo)

Fatgooner
Fatgooner

It’s interesting that he finally got his arse in gear just as his contract was up for renewal, isn’t it?

George
George

This article completely disproves your point.

Victoria-Concordia-Crescit
Victoria-Concordia-Crescit

Learn to read

The invincible arse

Fatgooner is a troll

Fatgooner
Fatgooner

No I’m not. Why has it taken him so long to perform like this? I know he has had terrible injury problems, but the vast majority of his Arsenal performances have been very average or worse.

gooner
gooner

Play him every week Arsene.

ramgooner
ramgooner

this guy thomas is a ninja.he is always on the move.now if he can just score those long distance wonder goals he would be a complete LANS.
love the fact that we have a mature LANS.
MLANS

peky
peky

I’m from czech rep. and I just want to tell you that “blesk” is similar to “sun”. Just take it to consideration.

Mooro
Mooro

Noted. Is there an equivalent then to the Daily Star? All tits, bingo & PHW?

TAMCK
TAMCK

Yeah, but he actually was talking to them, wasn’t he though?

Binda
Binda

take a hint young players: money ain’t everything

on a side note how do people put up their own pictures as their emblem on this site

feygooner
feygooner

I think you can do that with Gravatar or something.

ParisianWeetabix
ParisianWeetabix

Love Rosicky. Always have done, always will. Even when he was injured, I always felt he was a player who had potential, and that one day he would fulfil it. Don’t know if anyone else picks up on this, but he has actually shown signs of enormous technical ability and class ever since he came back from injury. People rave about his last few performances, but I feel it went back a long way before the last few weeks*. He’s technically brilliant; no player is better at keeping the ball in any situation than Tomas Rosicky. It’s just recently he’s been given game time, he’s been played in the centre of the park, and he’s also added a little bit more desire to his game. As a club, we’ve reaped the benefits. He’s shown here he’s incredibly committed, and I’m hoping he’ll still be around in 10 years time!

*I’m not trying to sound like some kind of football boffin who picks up on things no-one else does. It’s just that if I watch a match where Rosicky’s playing, I spend all my time looking at what he does, so obviously I notice it more. My brother thinks its weird. I’m kind of obsessed, but hell

ParisianWeetabix
ParisianWeetabix

Love Rosicky. Always have done, always will. Even when he was injured, I always felt he was a player who had potential, and that one day he would fulfil it. Don’t know if anyone else picks up on this, but he has actually shown signs of enormous technical ability and class ever since he came back from injury. People rave about his last few performances, but I feel it went back a long way before the last few weeks*. He’s technically brilliant; no player is better at keeping the ball in any situation than Tomas Rosicky. It’s just recently he’s been given game time, he’s been played in the centre of the park, and he’s also added a little bit more desire to his game. As a club, we’ve reaped the benefits. He’s shown here he’s incredibly committed, and I’m hoping he’ll still be around in 10 years time!

*I’m not trying to sound like some kind of football boffin who picks up on things no-one else does. It’s just that if I watch a match where Rosicky’s playing, I spend all my time looking at what he does, so obviously I notice it more. My brother thinks its weird. I’m kind of obsessed, but hell, he’s a great player! 😉

Glory Hunter
Glory Hunter

Its ok mate, i’ve always loved Rosicky too, ever since he scored against us playing for Sparta Prague at Highbury!

Tom
Tom

It’s going to be interesting to see what happens when Wilshere comes back, Wilshere is one of the best prospects in English football at the moment, if not the best, but Rosicky NEEDS games to play at the level he has been the last while. If you relegate him to the bench eventually he’ll lose that rhythm, which obviously we don’t want to see happen. They seem to play similar roles so it will be interesting.

TAMCK
TAMCK

I reckon Arteta will rotate out as a bench player – with Song going back to the pure DM role he had last season, leaving Wilshire and Ros as forward playing creative mids.

Let’s also remember Diaby has GOT to come back soon as well – he’ll be another great option for us in the middle if he can recapture form the same way Rosicky has done.

Thomas
Thomas

I very much doubt this. Arteta has been one of our best players of the season (I´d say 2nd best). It´s going to be Wilshere, Arteta and Song, with Rosicky and Ramsey on the bench.

binda
binda

he said it himself he can’t play all these games, and we will sure be playing a lot of games next year if we are pushing for a title

Goontang
Goontang

I’d like to think that Rosicky would still maintain his starting birth next season. with Ramsey rotating…… and Song/Arteta/Wilshire/Le Coq all rotating in the 2 mid’s deeper. To me it wouldnt really matter who started between song/wilshire/arteta because all 3 are world class.

Voldermort
Voldermort

Playing an an actual real live player in his preferred position and he actually performs well. Who would have thought that would work eh.

Greg
Greg

I feel bad that the first thing I thought of was I hope he has been talking to rvp

Rosicky seems like a nice bloke though, let’s hope his fine form continues, COYG!

Mooro
Mooro

Can understand why people have a moan up about him getting a new contract, what with the injury record, but his talent isn’t in doubt, nor his commitment by the sound of it and from what he’s done on the pitch lately.

But you can’t have it both ways and moan that we let too many experienced pros go, leaving the youngsters to sink, but then moan when one sticks around.

His injury was so unique and unheard of, it baffled the best in medical science – and the Arsenal medics.

I’m glad he’s got the chance at last to show what he can do, and he’ll be a valuable member of the team and squad, allowing some rotation, rather than the past pattern of running players into the ground, due to a lack of depth.

gunn cabinet
gunn cabinet

i have said it – for a player who loves to play football, the hardest thing to do is to leave arsenal. Ask henry. Dont ask ask nas$ri though.

randomgunn
randomgunn

You said it all… who loves to play football, Na$ri doesn’t count.

Furious styles
Furious styles

What a hero. Choosing to stay merely filthy rich instead of disgustingly so.. Glad he stayed nonetheless!

G4L
G4L

Wow Parisian, cudnt have put it better myself..atleast now i know im not the only one who can see this..

arseblog
Admin

Yep, anyone who wants their own avatar can get it by using http://gravatar.com

Cygan's Third Leg

Ever thought about using Disqus? It’s the shit!!!!

TeeCee
TeeCee

Yeah, it’s so good that on every Disqus powered site, every fourth post is a rant about how shite Disqus is….

Josh
Josh

Good thing Arshavin didn’t kidnap Rocisky!

Merlin's Panini
Merlin's Panini

or Rosicky…

Cygan's Right Foot
Cygan's Right Foot

Maybe Arshavin did kidnap ‘Rocisky’, which is why no one at the club can find him. They gave his place to Rosicky and it seems to be working

Merlin's Panini
Merlin's Panini

my favourite things about Rosicky:
1. Pirouettes- watch him, he often seems to pick up the ball and turn full circle. I wonder if it’s because he has a problem turning left, like Zoolander. I love watching him do that. Always seems to keep the ball in doing so!

2. Determined- Always running, doesn’t give up. Much better than Scott fucking Parker.

3. Committed- Has stayed with us through the trophyless years, and is starting to show us what he did before his injury.

4. Technical ability- has reminded us, this season, why we signed him.

Adam Watford
Adam Watford

Only one word really, and a fairly rare one at that in football. Loyalty.

I hope Na$ri in particular, since he is one of the more recent culprits, reads this. I hope it sickens him to his core at his lack of moral fibe.

Rosicky, go on and write yourself into our history proper and become the legend you deserve to be !

SDDutchGooner
SDDutchGooner

Just have to say his goal against Sp*rs was tits. Maybe my personal favorite of the season

TeeCee
TeeCee

That was so neatly done that it took Friedel’s mental processes a couple of minutes to catch up with the fact that the ball wasn’t between his paws any more.

Naija Gunner
Naija Gunner

Tomas Rosicky is LANS baby yeah, I love that guy the way he passes the ball by curling his boot round the ball.

DEANO
DEANO

Why cant Denilson, Sqilllaci, Bentner, Almunia, Park and Chamakh be offered ‘huge’ sums to go to China or Russia?

Witoldo
Witoldo

Because they’re not that good at playing football?

Rectum Spectrum
Rectum Spectrum

Lol, nail on head.

Tomas will play his heart out because deep down inside, whole remaining really positive, he wondered if he’d ever really play top level football again. Now that he is he is 100% committed and loving every minute. Good for him.

Are the Czechs in the euros??

Cygan's Third Leg

Who can be arsed to play in a drug addled gangland anyways, and also in a place with no fish n fuckin chipz!

heihaci
heihaci

Let’s hope his injury problems are in the past. Top player – I would love to see him getting that long distance shooting as demonstrated in the 2006 world cup!

Rezatron
Rezatron

I’ve never been sure, is it pronounced Rosicky? Or Rosiscky?

Witoldo
Witoldo

It’s pronounced: TO-mash RO-seets-key in Czech. Anglicized, I would pronounce it Thomas ro-SEETS-key.

SDDutchGooner
SDDutchGooner

@rectum – yes they are. Guess who their captain is?

Rectum Spectrum
Rectum Spectrum

Ah shit. Would have loved him to have a nice long summer off…….

Cygan's Right Foot
Cygan's Right Foot

Better hope they get knocked out early then…

mwatthe
mwatthe

So the Russians and Chinese wrote a huge czech for the Czech…

slutbanger
slutbanger

Rosicky will play most of the games till the end of the season. I reckon Wenger will be super careful with Wilshire’s return and ease him in for the tail end of games in the hope that come August he’ll be properly ready to go.
So basically the team that started against the Toon will be starters until some one gets a knock. AW recognises that it works at the mo and he wont screw with it.

Runcorn Gooner
Runcorn Gooner

AW is making his plans for next season.Will
be very interesting who will be axed from the
2012/2013 squad.Should be a real clear out
of dead wood

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Alex
Alex

“Arsenal were my priority”. Good lad.