Gareth Bale's agent Jonathan Barnett has revealed the inside scoop of what happened during the player's failed transfer to China last July.
The Real Madrid forward was set to become the highest-paid player in the world with Jiangsu Suning.
The Chinese Super League side were thought to be willing offer the Welshman £1m-a-week on a three-year-deal.
However, Real pulled the plug on the deal at the last hour, and Barnett says it was because Jiangsu Suning were struggling to stump up the cash.
“He got an offer that was impossible to refuse,” Barnett explained to Spanish outlet AS. “But Real Madrid wouldn't sell him. They [the Chinese club] couldn't pay what Madrid wanted.
“He wanted to create a legacy. He wanted to bring shiny football up.
“He had a vision that he could make Chinese football great. He's won everything that he can win, and he's done it many times.
“China is a different thing. It was to create a legacy, his name, to be the first great player to go to China.
“But it wasn't to be... And the money was special too. It would have made him the highest paid player on Earth.”
Bale has since been linked with a return to Tottenham, but Barnett doesn’t see his client wanting to move from Madrid at this stage of his career.
He continued: “He's not interested in going anywhere. China was a completely different thing. He plays for Real Madrid, you know.
“He's 30 years old, he'll be 31 next year. I don't know how long Gareth will play for.
“It's what his lifestyle wants. He loves Madrid. His children have been there since they were babies, they speak Spanish, believe it or not [laughs].
“The whole lifestyle is fantastic. I was there two days ago in Madrid, it was 15 degrees, beautiful. Here it's freezing cold. If you're one of the greatest footballers to have ever played, why do you want to…”