Arsenal's Tomas Rosicky has revealed that he turned down lucrative offers from Russia and China before deciding to remain in north London.
The Czech Republic international has been in fine form of late and on Monday put pen to paper on a new contract with the Gunners.
However, Rosicky has revealed that he could have earned a lot more money elsewhere had he decided to let his previous deal with Arsene Wenger's side run out.
"Arsenal let my [contract situation] go beyond January so, as I was in the last six months of my contract, I could speak with anyone I wanted," the attacking midfielder explained in an interview with iSport.cz.
"It started to get interesting because I had some very lucrative offers [from Russia and China] and this [kind of thing] gives you a little head-turner.
"In both cases, there were huge numbers financially, so it's not easy and some days I thought about it.
"But money is not everything and I'm glad I'm going to continue here at Arsenal."
Rosicky, who has been capped 85 times by his country, arrived at the Emirates from Borussia Dortmund in 2006.
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