Olivier Giroud says he can understand why players are being tempted to move to the Chinese Super League but says he is not interested currently and wants to win the Premier League first.
High-profile players are increasingly heading to the Far East, most recently Oscar and Carlos Tevez while Arsenal team-mate Alexis Sanchez has reportedly had a huge offer to move to China.
Chelsea striker Diego Costa is the latest player to be targeted although a recent rule change may have an effect, as clubs will now only be able to name three foreign stars in their starting XIs.
However, Giroud says that despite the lucrative offers seemingly on offer in China he is not interested in a move to the Far East at this stage in his career.
The France international has recently committed his future to the club, signing a new deal that will reportedly keep him at the club until 2019 but has refused to rule out a move to China entirely.
“Honestly, from my point of view I will tell you that I can understand, but if you asked me if I want to go now I will tell you ‘no’,” he said via Sky Sports.
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“The Premier League is my main target so after when I will win it one day, why not, you never know.”
Players moving to China on huge contracts looks like an increasing trend that has left some fans disappointed at seeing top stars moving to a perceived lesser league due to the riches on offer.
Indeed it is refreshing to see Giroud more interested in winning the title than increasing his bank balance and Arsenal will be hoping he can achieve his aim during his time with the Gunners.