Jack Sealy, the only Englishman that plays professional football in the Chinese Super League, gave England/Manchester United captain, Wayne Rooney ‘the greatest advice he could ever get’, before he takes his family and makes the mouthwatering £1m per week move to the Chinese League this week.
“It’s vital Wayne does his research and I don’t just mean Google. He should come and check the place out before putting pen to paper — otherwise he might regret it.
China is not like Manchester. He will be hard pressed to find any similarities here. The culture is different, the food is different, the people are different and the football is different. He should be prepared for that and it’s vital he keeps an open mind.
“My simple advice to Wayne would be to stick to a club that is near or in the southern cities of Shanghai, Beijing or Guangzhou. These places are modern, developed and have an international population.
“But if he was to stray up to my city, Changchun, or go somewhere like Yanbian, he might not like it and want to come home after a few months.
“He will struggle to find many people who speak English and won’t find too many of the creature comforts he’s used to.”
“Put it this way, if he wanted to go out for a load of beers or have a few crafty cigarettes, he would get away with it because he is just going to be so much better than most of the players out here anyway.
“And of course he is Wayne Rooney — one of the most popular, idolised footballers out here with a massive following.
“No one is really going to be that worried as long as he is doing the business on the field. Over here I can see him scoring 40-yard screamers past the Chinese keepers.”
“I’m single and even I find it tough sometimes. We had a French midfielder called Julien Gorius, who joined last year — and he struggled.
“It would be so much better for him if he does bring his family because it’ll be good to go home and have a bit of normality. It would keep him sane.”
“He will be one of China’s biggest-ever signings. He will do major damage in the China Super League and will be just what the division needs.
“They love players with pace who beat people, those like Alex Teixeira — but Wayne is a goal scorer and with the type of goals he scores I think they’re going to love him.
“He’ll be well looked after. Obviously he will earn millions and they will treat him well.
“Whatever he asks for, they will bend over backwards to accommodate him. The thought of the England captain playing in China is unreal. I’d love to play against him.”