Chelsea manager Antonio Conte believes that the offer made by an unnamed Chinese club to Real Madrid for Cristiano Ronaldo is morally wrong. The Italian manager does not want to believe that a $317 million bid was made for the Portugal international.
Jorge Mendes, Ronaldo’s agent had revealed earlier that his client could have gone to China and have earned a salary of $123m-a-year. However, the 31-year-old chose to stay at Real Madrid since money is not everything for him, as reported by The Telegraph.
Conte has revealed that he believes the deal is not real. Since there is a lot of money involved, the rumor is hard to digest for the former Juventus gaffer. The 47-year-old believes that one must have the respect for money.
“I think it’s an incredible story. We are talking about a lot, lot, lot of money. I don’t want to trust in this. I don’t want to believe in this. Because, I think, we are talking about an amount of money which is not right. But I must be honest, I think it’s not right. You must have respect for the money.” Conte said.
The man from Lecce, Italy also reiterated that he does not agree with the current situation.
Conte may reveal of his disapproval of the big money signings China is making. But, in recent times Chelsea have cashed in a transfer fee of $74m from Chinese Super League club Shanghai SIPG for attacking midfielder Oscar, according to Eurosport.
Meanwhile, Argentine forward Carlos Tevez has also recently moved to Shanghai Shenhua in a deal worth $632,000-a-week.
Conte’s Chelsea currently sit top of the Premier League table with 46 points. The Blues are on a 12 match unbeaten run.
Chelsea host Stoke City next on New Year’s Eve at Stamford Bridge.
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