Monday February 29 2016
Lavezzi: ‘Why I rejected Inter’

Ezequiel Lavezzi “could have signed for Inter, Chelsea or Manchester United” but chose Hebei China Fortune for “the project”.

The Argentinian forward moved to the Chinese side from Paris Saint-Germain this month, and insists he wasn’t solely motivated by money.

“I could have signed for Inter, Chelsea or Manchester United,” El Pocho told Canal Plus.

“But I made the decision to go to China. It’s an important choice for my career, I’m sure I’ll face many challenges here.

“I like the project to develop this club. It was that which convinced me to come to Hebei, as well as the financial aspect.

“I’m also fascinated by Chinese culture, so to come and play here is definitely an interesting challenge.”

Lavezzi did, however, admit that he is unlikely to win any more caps for Argentina.

“Yes, it’s likely that experience is over. But I’ve already made the decision to come here and I want to do my best for my new club.”

It’s believed Lavezzi will earn around €15m per season in the Chinese Super League.

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