Ex-West Brom Striker Brown Ideye Admits Money Talks in China

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Former West Brom striker Brown Ideye admits it was difficult for him to reject the bumper pay day on offer in the Chinese Super League.

The 28-year-old moved from Olympiacos to Tianjin Teda in the January transfer window and signed a three year deal reportedly worth around £3m a season.

He says he has been impressed with the standard of football and the way in which he has been looked after in China – even if he conceded he left European football before he should.

But money talked.

“The age that I am now I guess I should be thinking about my life after football, so I go with the offer just to be happy,” Ideye told the BBC World Service.

“I know it’s not the right time for me to leave Olympiacos but it’s difficult to reject – very difficult.

Ideye spent one season at The Hawthorns but failed to justify his £10m price tag with just four goals in 24 Premier League matches. He was sold to the Greek outfit in the summer of 2015.

After two years in the Superleague opportunity knocked.

“The league is really, really tough,” he insisted.

“The way I saw it before coming it was just like ‘You are playing with a bunch of kids, you are playing with a bunch of adults that don’t really know about the game’.

“These guys they know about the game, the Chinese players, they play football, the understand the game. It’s really tough, it’s really, really tough.

“The atmosphere inside the stadiums is unbelievable. It’s filled up with supporters, it’s filled up with crazy fans who always come out to cheer their team. I never thought it would be this way.

“They did everything, every foreign player has a translator, they assign a translator to you who will follow you to anywhere you go.

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“They have really been a great help since I have been here – to all the foreign players.”

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