Nigeria forward, Anthony Nwakaeme, has revealed that he rejected big money offers from China in order to stay in contention to play for the Super Eagles again.
Turkish club, Trabzonspor announced the signing of the 29-year-old from Isreali side, Hapoel Be’er Sheva on Monday.
“Everything is not about money, there is also the possibility of staying in contention for a place with Nigeria,” Nwakaeme told BBC Sport.
“I am a very competitive person and I love to challenge myself.
“Trabzonspor has big ambitions and as a professional footballer this is what I need.”
Nwakaeme, who began his European career in Romania, had a successful three-year spell at Hapoel Be’er Sheva winning three successive league titles as well as lifting the Israeli Cup twice.
He scored 43 goals and created 24 assists in 120 appearances for the club after joining from rivals Hapoel Raanana in June 2015.
His form in Israel caught the attention of Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr and earned a call-up to the Super Eagles squad for their 2018 World Cup qualifiers in August 2017.
Nwakaeme was an unused substitute in three games before making his debut against Algeria in November.
Unlike his compatriot and teammate in Israel John Ogu, he was omitted from the final squad to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.