Super Eagles striker Brown Ideye is impressed with the quality of football in the Chinese Super League (CSL) and also revealed that the offer to join his compatriot and captain, John Mikel Obi at Tianjin TEDA was too tempting to be ignored.
The former West Bromwich Albion striker, who recently moved to China to join Tianjin TEDA in a £12 million deal that will see him pocket £3.5million annually, spoke to BBC on Wednesday.
“The way I saw it before coming, I thought it was going to be like playing with a bunch of kids or adults who did not know much about the game,” Ideye told the BBC.
“But here they know football, the Chinese, they understand the game. It’s tough, its really, really tough.
“The stadiums are unbelievable. They’re always field up with supporters, crazy fans who come out to cheer their teams. I never thought it will be this way,” the former Olympiakos of Greece striker stated.
Ideye revealed that he and fellow foreign players need translators to communicate effectively with their new teammates.
“It’s been great for the foreign players. They assign translators to you who follow you to anywhere you go. It has made it easier for the foreign players”
On players moving to China for financial benefits rather than footballing reasons, the Nigerian international has this to say: “At the stage I am now, I guess I should be thinking of improving my life after football. So I chose to go there to be happy.
“I know it’s not the right time for me to leave Olympiakos, but it is really difficult to reject the offers,” Ideye admitted.
Ideye has struggled to blend into his new team and find his scoring boots as he has scored only once in the eight games he has featured in.
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