Shanghai SIPG coach Sven-Goran Eriksson has revealed his delight to see Manchester United and England captain Wayne Rooney ply his trade in the Chinese Super League.
Rooney, 30, has three more years on his contract but reports in England suggest he could leave Old Trafford without seeing out his current deal.
“It would be fantastic if he (Wayne Rooney) could come out here to China,” Eriksson told The Sun.
“Football is becoming huge here and they have very big ambitions for the Chinese Super League. We already have famous players, like Robinho, Asamoah Gyan and Demba Ba, and they have brought something special.
“Rooney is at another level. He is top, in the same category as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Everybody in China knows the superstar players like him. Rooney would take this league to another level. I have no doubt about that,” the former England coach said.
He added: “Football has become much, much bigger even in the time I have been here. I think in the years to come it will be huge and a player like Rooney could help that development.”
Eriksson initially took over Guangzhou R&F in June 2013 before joining rivals Shanghai SIPG last season and subsequently signing Asamoah Gyan from Al Ain.
The Ghana international is now the sixth highest paid player in the world with a weekly wage of $350,000.