Chelsea manager Conte says China's spending power a 'danger'
ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 17, 2016 06:21 AM
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte shouts across the pitch during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge in London, Sunday Dec. 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)LONDON (AP) — Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says China's spending power is a "danger" to global soccer.
Conte's comments came with Oscar in talks to follow former Chelsea teammate Ramires by moving to the Chinese Super League.
The 25-year-old Oscar is reported to be joining Shanghai SIPG, which is coached by former Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas, for about $65 million.
Clubs in the Chinese Super League have spent more than $400 million on foreign players in 2016.
Conte says "the Chinese market is a danger for all teams in the world. Not only for Chelsea but all teams in the world."
The Italian coach insisted that the Premier League is "the best league in the world" and playing in it remains a "great opportunity, a great honor."