Shanghai Shenhua midfielder Fredy Guarin has begged Inter Milan to sign him back after leaving for the Chinese Super League in 2016.
The Colombian international reportedly left the Nerazzurri for a staggering €10m a season, but regrets his choice two years on and claims “I’d accept a fith of my current salary” to return to Serie A.
Speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport the 31-year-old revealed: “I talked about it with [sporting director Piero] Ausilio last year but financial conditions prevented it.
“I’d go back right away, it’s my biggest wish. Money doesn’t interest me, I’d accept earning much less. We talked about it already last summer, there was [Frank] de Boer and a lot of confusion, but I wanted to come back at all costs.”
The veteran midfielder admits he left for financial reasons and is unfulfilled in China, despite his current side’s success:
“On a personal level it’s going well, I have two years on my contract, we’ve qualified for the Asian Champions League and won the Chinese Cup. I miss Italy and Inter.
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“Why did I leave? For Financial Fair Play. The directors were clear, they told me: ‘You and Icardi are the only ones with an important economic value, we need money.’
“Nobody forced me, of course, but my transfer was important for the balance sheet. It was the only positive aspect of my departure.”