Bakambu acknowledges cash was crucial in China decision

first_imgThat move came after the Chinese Football Association (CFA) introduced a 100 percent tax on expensive transfers worth more than 45 million yuan ($7 million).After Bakambu freed himself, saying it was “for personal reasons”, the CFA said if it catches teams trying to sidestep the tax it will hit them with crippling point deductions and could refuse to register players.Although Bakambu has not yet signed with Guoan, he has been training with them in Portugal. He talked to AFP on Thursday when he stopped in Paris on his way to China.“It’s just a question of timing,” Bakambu said. “They didn’t want to do it in the shadows hidden away in a hotel in Portugal.“They want to do it in Beijing in front of the press and their supporters, and that’s why this thing is dragging on a bit,” he said.Asked whether the club might want to avoid the transfer tax, Bakambu said: “I’ve seen stories like this but that’s not my business, the money is not mine and it won’t be going in my pocket.”He is expected to be paid around 18 million euros a year before tax.Bakambu, who grew up in the Paris suburbs, said, the difference between the Chinese offer and his income in Spain was “great”.Yet he acknowledged that he could understand why some critics were surprised that, at the age of 26, he had chosen to leave La Liga for China.“I did not understand either,” he said with a laugh. “What happened was that, at first, I was not too excited and later they found the arguments to convince me. That took several months.”Bakambu had scored 14 goals in 21 matches this season for Villarreal.“I was having the best season of my career but there you are, they managed to convince me. Football is good, but life is more important. I will not lie, I know why I went there and I take responsibility my choice.”Asked if it was a financial offer that was hard to refuse, Bakambu answered: “Yes.”He paused, before continuing: “I’m not going to hide it, financially speaking the difference between what I had in Villarreal and what the Chinese club was offering me was too great.“There are some who can say no. I accepted, because I have good reasons. There are some who would have gone for less and others who would have refused for more. I made my choice.”– Hard times –Did those reasons include his impoverished upbringing on the outskirts of Paris?“Clearly, this was the most important factor,” he answered.“I often go to Vitry-sur-Seine to relax a little, to see my family and my friends. It helps me keep my feet on the ground,” he said. “I’m a professional player today, but don’t believe it’s always been easy. I don’t want to whine, but I’ve lived through bad situations.”“The fact that I have known hard times played a part in my choice.”He said he had no idea how long he would stay in China.“I had a five-year contract with Villarreal, and I only stayed six months. I do not know what will happen in China. We’ll see.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000On my way: Cedric Bakambu trains with Beijing Guoan © BEIJING GUOAN/AFP/File / HANDOUTPARIS, France, Feb 15 – In the end, the Chinese made Cedric Bakambu an offer that was too good to refuse.The Congolese striker’s move to Chinese Super League club Beijing Guoan has been the subject of intense scrutiny since Bakambu paid the 40-million-euro buyout clause in his contract with Spanish side Villarreal.last_img read more

Sturridge out, £10m man in? Predicted Liverpool XI v Borussia Dortmund

first_img 11 11 22. Simon Mignolet (goalkeeper) 11 11 11 11 11 20. Adam Lallana (left attack) 27. Divock Origi (striker) 11 17. Mamadou Sakho (centre back) 11 11 11. Roberto Firmino (attacking midfield) 2. Nathaniel Clyne (right back) – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 23. Emre Can (centre midfield) 10. Philippe Coutinho (right attacker) 6. Dejan Lovren (centre back) Liverpool take on Jurgen Klopp’s former side Borussia Dortmund in the quarter-finals of the Europa League and it’s live on talkSPORT.Having eased past fierce Premier League rivals Manchester United, the Reds face the toughest of tests against a BVB side who cruised to victory over title-challengers Tottenham Hotspur in the previous round. Nonetheless, if there’s one manager that could have the upper hand over the Bundesliga outfit it’s Klopp.The German spent seven years at the Westfalenstadion before leaving last summer and later agreeing to replace Brendan Rodgers at Anfield.So, who could be his chosen XI for his first Dortmund reunion?Check out talkSPORT’s predicted Liverpool line up by viewing the slideshow above. 14. Jordan Henderson (centre midfield) 11 18. Alberto Moreno (left back) last_img read more

ATHLETICS: ROSSES AC NOTES

first_imgTraining continues on Wednesday and Friday for all age groups at the new time of 6-7pm. Fit4Life group in Carrickfinn on Monday and Wednesday at the earlier time of 6 pm. Walkers and new members welcome. Coaches: Elise Gillespie and Sinead Diver.The last of the Thursday evening session at the Industrial Estate in Gweedore will take lplace next Thursday 2nd May with a light session before the North West 10k on Sunday 5th May where we will look to get a strong showing from all senior athletes in the club that day. It is a great family event to jog, run or walk. New vests are now in stock so please contact Ita Gallagher on 087 1309536 for details.The local Naomh Muire club are hosting a 5k on Friday May 3rd in the Banks and with many of our athletes also involved in the club it will be good to support. Well done to the Rosses and Gweedore athletes who ran in the Letterkenny 5 mile last Thursday night in Letterkenny with Noreen Mc Gee the first of our athletes home in 35.44 and followed by Noel Boyd in 36.32, Helen Mc Cready in 36.46, Michael Mc Elroy in 37.47, Sinead Boyle in 38.05, Anne Harkin in 39.22 and Myles Sweeney in 41.00Well done to all the local athletes who competed in Ardara on Saturday last with Shaun Mc Shane getting a fine third place in 37.34; Manus Mc Hugh 41.40; Noreen Mc Gee 46.20; Deirdre Diver 46.50; Helen Mc Cready 47.19; Noel Boyd 47.49; Owen Coyle 47:52; Sinead Boyle 49.29; Elise Gillespie 49.43; Anne Harkin 51.16 and OJ Friel 59.39.Well done to Valerie McGinley, Brade, who had a good run in the Nice Half Marathon.  ATHLETICS: ROSSES AC NOTES was last modified: April 23rd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Rosses AC noteslast_img read more