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Chelsea legend Michael Ballack thinks players should consider the level of the league before they consider chasing the millions offered by China.

“First I have to congratulate him – I never got an offer like this,” Ballack is quoted by Daily Express in response to the Chinese offer for Chelsea striker Diego Costa.

“I got good money but it seems to be another level since the guys from China disturbed the market a bit and the brains of the players.

“You love what you do but it’s still a job and you are limited in time earning money and you think about that if someone makes you a crazy offer.

“But hopefully we can come back a bit to normal days and players will remember they are playing in the best league in the world.

“If you are on a high salary and you are earning enough money which you normally can’t spend in your lifetime… Where you play, what level you play, the audience – it’s something you should really think about.

“Football in Europe is of course No. 1 and that is what everyone watches because the best players in the world compete in this area. Everyone should be calm a bit. It is a bit disturbing but I don’t think it will affect the structure of the Premier League.”

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