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Why I couldn’t turn down China move – Brown Ideye

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Super Eagles striker, Brown Ideye, has admitted he was tempted by offers he got in January and could not resist joining Chinese Super League side, Tianjin TEDA.
Ideye was the leading topscorer in the Greek Super League before his move away and says it was not the ‘right time’ for him to leave the Karaiskakis Stadium.
The 31-year-old forward who has found the back of the net once in eight league games for the Jaime Pacheco’s side, told BBC World Service: “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.
“I know it’s not the right time for me to leave Olympiacos but it’s difficult to reject – very difficult.
“The league [Chinese Super League] is really, really tough.
“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, they 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.
“They have really been a great help since I have been here – to all the foreign players.”


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