Union Berlin Striker, Anthony Ujah says attractive pay necessitated his move to the Chinese Super League side Liaoning Whowin.
Having been impressive for Weder Bremen with about 14 goals in all competitions at the time, Ujah considered the offer from the Chinese club and did not resist the move.
“I am not one of those players that will tell you they went there to learn a new culture, I got an offer that I never dreamt of,” – Ujah said in an Instagram Video.
“It was not like I saw the offered and jumped at it. I sat down and analyzed my career so far and the next five years ahead.”
“I already had the offer in January 2016, but my club refused then. It was better than what I finally went for. It would have been a big mistake to have left at the first offer because my club needed me. I did not push for the move, neither did I trouble the club, I stayed cool.”
Ujah had scored around eight for Bremen at the initial offer and his goals would further help the club stay above the drop-zone.
“We survive the relegation on the last day, being part of the reason why the club stayed in the league was something good for me.”
“Another offer came and I considered it. I had the opportunity to earn what the top clubs earn, and I had a lot to do. I had my Tony Ujah foundation, lots of people to support their education and scholarship, and my family.”
“But I had a plan to come back to Germany to play in the top league and stay competitive. I didn’t want to stay more than two years in China,” Ujah told Footballers Connect.
Since returning to the Bundesliga, Anthony Ujah has played for Mainz 05, and currently with Union Berlin where the club finished 11th on the log.