Sven insists that Rooney and Costa would like it in China

Date published: Sunday 25th June 2017 1:43

Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson says that Wayne Rooney would be “made very welcome” if he made the move to China.

Rooney has reportedly been struggling to find a suitor, despite it becoming clear that he is no longer needed at Manchester United.

With clubs in Europe refusing to match his massive wages, Rooney has been linked with moves to MLS and the Chinese Super League.

Eriksson, who has bathed in money at several clubs in the country, says Rooney could do a lot worse.

“I hear a lot that China is not a good place to live for foreign people but that could not be further from the truth,” Eriksson told the Daily Mirror.

“I never had a problem. Of course it is not the same as Europe and the culture is very different. But if you live in Shanghai, it is like living in London.

“If you want to eat Italian, Japanese or Spanish food then there are a lot of restaurants like that and you have everything you need. You don’t feel cut off at all.

“I lived in Guangzhou, Shanghai and Shenzhen and they were fantastic cities.

“I haven’t spoken to Rooney for a long time, so I don’t know what he is thinking, but if he went to China I think he would have a positive experience.

“He has a young family but there are international schools in the big cities and I know for sure he would have every help possible to make him settle. He would be made very welcome.

“The only problem you have is the language. But if you live in Shanghai or Beijing you have a lot of foreign people, so it is less of an issue.

“And, don’t forget, the players get treated well. They have everything they need and are very well looked after, so for someone like Rooney or Diego Costa that would not be a problem.”

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