Liverpool striker reveals why he turned down huge transfer to China
By Coral Barry
Christian Benteke has dismissed reports that he almost joined China’s mega-rich Super League in January.
The Belgian has endured a difficult first season on Merseyside after joining from Aston Villa in the summer for£32.5million.
Benteke came on to win and score a 95th minute penalty to ensure Liverpool completed a remarkable 10-man comeback against Crystal Palace on Sunday.
The striker has made just 12 league starts this campaign and it has been widely reported that Benteke was one of the many big-name footballers targeted by the China.
“I don’t know about any offers. In my mind I was never thinking about a move,” said Benteke when asked about a move away.
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“I have still got enough ambition and character to fight in difficult moments. I don’t give up easily. I fight till the end.”
Chelsea’s Ramires was one of the many players to be tempted by China’s incredible offers in January and is now earning £200,000 a week, as revealed by Football Insider.
Reports suggest that Jurgen Klopp offered Benteke the opportunity to jump ship after an offer came in that would allow Liverpool to recoup all of the money they splashed out on the striker in the summer.
Benteke refused and has now admitted that his hefty fee has felt like a weight on his shoulders as a Liverpool player.
The 25-year-old said: “My price fee makes it hard, because I know everything that I’m going to do people are going to talk about the money.
“It’s not that easiest of situations, but you have to be ready. It’s in the most difficult situations that the real warriors, the tough men and determined guys stand-up.”
Liverpool take a break from the league as they face Manchester United in the Europa League on Thursday.
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