Eriksson: Rooney and Costa should consider China

Sven-Goran Eriksson has urged Wayne Rooney and Diego Costa to consider life in Asia, saying that the Chinese league is superior to its US counterpart.

The Swede, who spent a total of eight years in England as coach of the national team, Manchester City and Leicester City, believes that the Chinese Super League has become a feasible destination for players of Rooney and Costa's caliber.

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Rooney, who made only 15 Premier League starts for Manchester United this past season, is reportedly weighing up his options, and Costa has made no secret of his desire to leave London during the off-season, prompting Eriksson to talk up what the two players could experience in China.

"I haven't spoken to Rooney for a long time, so I don't know what he is thinking, but if he went to China I think he would have a positive experience," he told the Daily Mirror.

"He has a young family but there are international schools in the big cities and I know for sure he would have every help possible to make him settle. He would be made very welcome.

"And, don't forget, the players get treated well. They have everything they need and are very well looked after, so for someone like Rooney or Diego Costa that would not be a problem."

Eriksson went on to favourably compare the quality of football in China with that of another popular destination for players nearing the end of their careers – Major League Soccer in the United States.

"Chinese football is doing well – from what I have seen of the MLS the standard is better in China," the former Guangzhou, Shanghai and Shenzhen manager continued.

"OK, the club teams are better than the national team but that is being addressed. Chinese Super League teams are now regularly competing in the Champions League of Asia and doing well against other nations."