Kalinic turns down reported €12m China salary to stay at Fiorentina

The Croatian striker admitted that he had the final say in a move to the Chinese Super League, claiming he turned down huge money to remain in Italy

Nikola Kalinic has revealed that he turned down a reported €12 million annual salary offer from the Chinese Super League.

The Croatian striker was the target of CSL side Tianjin Quanjian, but intends to stay at the Serie A club for the foreseeable future.

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Kalinic scored 12 league goals last season, but looks set to surpass that in the current campaign, having netted eight times in 17 games for Paulo Sousa's side.

The 29-year-old admitted that he has no desire to move to China, despite a lot of pressure surrounding a transfer to the CSL and a reported €45m transfer offer.

"I'll stay at Fiorentina! It is my decision, only mine," Kalinic told Sportske novosti

"I want to play in Italy, in the club I've been with for the last two years and I feel really comfortable.

"There was huge pressure to sell me, I felt everyone was pushing me to China. Not the club but the press and people, the atmosphere was created that I should go - they wanted to get rid of me. I never said I would love to go.

"Of course I considered it when I saw the offer, but not once did I say I would like to go!

"I don't know how much Tianjin offered to Fiorentina, I got an offer for me and decided to stay. This is my final decision!"

Fiorentina have followed up Kalinic's interview, praising the striker for his loyalty to the club.

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They also claim that they did not discuss ever selling the Croat and have included a large buyout clause in his contract.

"Fiorentina are very happy with Kalinic's quotes, and of his willingness to stay in Florence to wear Fiorentina's shirt," a club statement said.

"Fiorentina have never negotiated his sale because Kalinic is considered a key part of the team. We have given him a very high buyout clause to discourage potential buyers."