Arjen Robben, 33, and Franck Ribery, 34, are said to be too old for the Chinese Super League, as neither fit the profile for Chinese clubs, according to Shanghai SIPG director.
Davidsen, recently appointed into his new role as technical director at Shanghai SIPG is frustrated at the misconception of the Super League being a place for ageing super stars.
“It’s a misconception that makes me really angry when players in Europe believe they can freely choose the time to move to China. This was the situation three or four years ago but those times are over,” he said.
Mads Davidsen revealed that Franck Ribery had the opportunity to join the Chinese Super League three years ago, although that no longer would be the case.
Davidsen added, “If Ribery had an offer two or three years ago from China then that was his chance but an ambitious Chinese team like Shanghai SIPG wouldn’t sign him or Robben now.
Ribery and Robben have missed the chance if they had wanted to play in China. We no longer want these players.”
Davidsen: “We have our top players”
Mads Davidsen claims that Germany’s top flight clubs don’t need to worry about losing players to China, as he is not considering any of their players.
“We have our top players like Oscar, Hulk, Lavezzi, Witsel. People in Europe forget that teams here can only field three foreign players.
That means we will not be signing any more expensive stars. The Bundesliga doesn’t need to worry that the best players will move here.”