Bakary Sako has revealed he turned down “crazy money” from clubs in the Middle East in order to join Crystal Palace in the summer.
The Mali international winger signed on a free transfer from Wolverhampton Wanderers in the summer after three successful years for Wolves where he scored 38 goals.
The 27-year-old, who has scored two goals in four games for Palace so far, always wanted to test himself in the top flight and says he turned down some big offers to do so.
Sako told The Express: “I could have gone to Qatar or Dubai for crazy money, but I actually came here for less because I wanted to play in the Premier League. At my age I am not playing for money.
“This is an attractive team that plays football that suits me. This club gave me my chance and I want to do well for them.”