Potential Sturridge replacement reveals why he’s turned down China amid interest from Liverpool

Benfica striker Raul Jimenez insists that he had an opportunity to move to China, but turned down the switch as he believes in “glory” is more important than money.

The 25-year-old striker has caught the eye of many after his fine performances for Benfica, with Liverpool were lining up a £22m summer bid amid uncertainty over the future of Daniel Sturridge.

While the Reds have all but accepted Jimenez will not be going anywhere this month, a move at the end of the season could potentially go ahead.

However, it appears the Mexico international so very nearly came close to moving to China, with the former Atletico Madrid man confirming he was the subject of an offer from the Chinese Super League.

“There was a good offer economically for Benfica and for me also, but the important thing is that I decided that I want to stay in Benfica,” Jimenez told Claro Sports.

“I am very happy and in Europe I can continue to grow as a player, because I believe I have a promising future. What I want is football glory before money.

“The fans of Benfica always treat me very well and support me. When I go out on the street they recognise me, they tell me that I am doing very well. All of this pleases me.”

A number of stars have recently moved from Europe to China, where there are mouthwatering sums of money being offered to players.

The likes of Oscar, Axel Witsel and Carlos Tevez are among those to have moved to the Super League in recent weeks.

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