China’s FA is rumoured to be keen on the Premier League referee and he’s confirmed he would consider leaving European football behind
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The 41-year-old was crowned the best referee in the world at the Globe Soccer Awards in Dubai on Tuesday having officiated the FA Cup, Champions League and Euro 2016 finals during the past 12 months.
As China look to build their reputation in the sport, most recently recruiting Chelsea’s Oscar and luring Carlos Tevez away from Boca Juniors in a deal worth a reported £615,000 a week, Clattenburg is looking at his own options should reported interest materialise into a concrete offer.
“China are certainly looking to develop their football, looking at their signings and their recruitment,” Clattenburg told The Associated Press.
“If an opportunity came along – I am contracted to the Premier League – but I have to look at my long-term strategy of my career. How long can I last as a referee? I have been in the Premier League 12 years. It’s been a wonderful 12 years.