Former OM striker Florian Thauvin says he refuses AC Milan, Atlético Madrid and Lyon in favor of a move to Mexico
Former Olympique de Marseille striker Florian Thauvin surprised more than one with his decision to join Tigres UNAL in Mexico.
The 28-year-old spoke to Mexican media Multimedia (Going through AS), where the France international said he had turned down clubs in Europe to start this adventure in Mexico.
According to the interview, Thauvin had offers from AC Milan, Atlético Madrid and Olympique Lyonnais. All of these clubs might need help with their attack.
“We have spoken with Milan since September. Since January, I have had the offer from Paolo Maldini; then Marseille made me a very big offer, from Lyon, from Atlético Madrid, then the Tigers arrived, and everything happened, “said Thauvin.
The Italian club are returning to the UEFA Champions League and need depth for their matches in 2021-22. The La Liga side need an extra score, given they are relying on a Luis Suarez in his mid-30s. Finally, Lyon saw the loss of Memphis Depay and needed someone to replace him this summer.
The France international then said he wanted a change of scenery and the decision to leave for Mexico was not financially motivated. He added that these clubs offer a significant amount of money.
“I didn’t feel good in Marseille, I didn’t feel good in my life, my life changed a lot because my son arrived, so I needed a change of life. I don’t like to talk about money; I’m not in Tigres for that, ”Thauvin said.
“In France, Spain or Italy gave me a lot of money too. If I wanted to play for real money, I don’t come to Mexico; I would have played in China or Saudi Arabia. I have everything here to be happy, to play football, the supporters, a very big club, titles; there is everything.”