Former Blackburn striker Nikola Kalinic has claimed he turned down a move to the Chinese Super League because he doesn’t think he’s worth his release clause.
The Croatia forward was reportedly the subject of a £42.5m bid from Tianjin Quanjian.
He told Corriere della Sera in Italy: “It would have been a done deal if I had said yes, even if I’m not sure what the club would have said.
“[Tianjin manager Fabio] Cannavaro called me, but for me the issue closed and has never been reopened.
“I’m not really worth the €50m [£42.5m] release clause and I doubt anyone will spend that for me.”
‘I want to point out I didn’t know precisely how much the offer was but money isn’t everything in life.
‘I only just arrived in the football that really matters a year and a half ago and I didn’t want to leave now.’
Nikola Kalinic, 29, who struggled to make an impression in the Premier League at Ewood Park, has found more success in Florence, scoring 10 goals so far this season.