As the mass exodus of bodies to the Chinese Super League continues, it is admirable to see a player put his playing career before his bank account. Hull City's Robert Snodgrass has rejected a reported £80,000 a week deal from a club in China, which would equate to £8million per year. It is estimated that the 29 year old winger currently earns between £35,000 and £40,000 on his Hull contract.
It is reported that Snodgrass will opt for a move to another Premier League club in a bid to remain a key player in the Scotland squad. Middlesbrough and West Ham lead the race for the Glasweigans signature, while Celtic, Crystal Palace and West Brom are also rumoured to be interested.
With nine goals and four assists in 21 games for Hull this season, it is little wonder that Snodgrass has piqued the interest of teams both home and abroad.
To date, Robert Snodgrass has been capped 21 times for his country, scoring six goals. If Gordon Strachan's men are to be in with any chance of securing a playoff spot in their qualifying group, then the former Leeds United player will be influential.
As things stand, Scotland are struggling in fifth place in their respective group, four points behind Slovenia in second. It's unlikely that they'll qualify for Russia 2018 but having Snodgrass focused and in form can only help their chances.
Hull City manager, Marco Silva, recently shed some light on the recent transfer speculation;
I’ve spoken to Robert about the situation and at this moment he is our player and a very important one for us.
There are clubs interested in him because he’s had a very good season but from our point of view I want him focused for the game.
It’s never easy for clubs to control these situations in the window but he’s a good professional.
Only time will tell where Snodgrass inevitably transfers to but it is refreshing to see a player put his international playing career before profit in the modern football era. More of this please.