Alex Teixeira criticises Liverpool approach, explains Chinese switch

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Alex Teixeira has criticised the Premier League offers his club received.

Brazilian striker Alex Teixeira has explained his  surprise move to Chinese side Jiangsu Suning.

The prolific forward has left Shakhtar Donetsk to join the big spending side, but admits playing in the English Premier League is still a dream.

Liverpool made attempts to sign him in the January transfer window, with SkySports reporting they had a £24 million bid rejected, more than £10 million short of the offer Shakhtar accepted.

Speaking to Shakhtar's official website, Alex Teixeira discussed the move, also criticising the offers which came from the Premier League.

He said: "Let's put it like this: everyone always knew that I wanted to stay in Europe and move to the English Premier League club. But, unfortunately, all the proposals that came from them, were somewhat windy and did not contain anything concrete. Now I have received a serious offer from China.

"I wanted to make it to the English Premier League one day. But until now, all my thoughts have been focused on Shakhtar. As I said, everything happens so fast that I don’t even have time to realize it.."

Asked if moving to Jiangsu would negatively affect his chances of playing in the Brazilian national team he did not deny this was a possibility.

The 26-year-old said: "At this stage, Brazil national team will move away from me a little further. But let's see what happens in the future."

Teixeira had scored a superb 22 goals in 16 games for Shakhta Donetsk this season. The striker joins former Chelsea midfielder Ramires at Jiangsu Suning, amid a major investment drive by Chinese clubs to bring top class players to the country.

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