Former AC Milan coach Sinisa Mihajlovic has confirmed that he has turned down a lucrative offer to manage in the Chinese Super League​ and that he has trouble sleeping thinking about the money he could have been earning. 


Mihajlovic, currently managing Torino in Serie A, decided to pass on the opportunity to become the latest figure to join the Chinese footballing revolution because he is excited by the work he is doing at Toro. 


"In December I received an offer to work as a coach in China, but I decided to turn it down because I don't like leaving work half-done," said Mihajlovic.

"To tell the truth, I did have a couple of sleepless nights thinking about the wages I could have had. But in life you make decisions and this was my choice.


"You still have to respect those who go there for the money. A playing career is not so long, whereas that of a coach is a bit longer.


"In China you can earn five or six times what you would get here in a single season and China no longer just signs washed-up players like they do in Qatar or the USA."

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Switching focus to Serie A, which returns this weekend after the Christmas break, the manager said discussing the signing of Juan Iturbe on loan from Roma.


"He can play on either flank and do anything. He has got good stamina, pace and a strong shot.


"This is a gamble I hope to win. Two years ago he was at the centre of a bidding war and then lost his way.


"He is very eager, but must be given enough breathing space to not be judged at every tiny error. It is up to him to prove he can be decisive."