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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff
Jun 9, 2013

Okore turned down Chelsea offer

Denmark international Jores Okore has revealed he rejected an offer to join Chelsea, insisting he was unwilling to move to a club without the guarantee of first team football.

Okore's performances in last season's Champions League have made him a target in England
Okore shone for Nordsjaelland last season

Okore, 20, was a standout for Danish side FC Nordsjaelland in last season's Champions League, with solid performances in the group stage against Chelsea attracting interest from the Blues.

The centre-back, who has also been linked with a move to Manchester United, is happy to bide his time in his home country before securing a move abroad.

"I chose to turn it down [the Chelsea offer] as it did not fit the strategy I have for my future," he told TV2 Denmark. "My biggest wish is to play first-team football and that was not something that was on the cards.

"But I love to play football and I want to play football on a regular basis, so if I keep on impressing and playing then I am certain I can develop my game so I can play for Chelsea in the future."

Despite his refusal to leave Nordsjaelland, Okore has left his future open, admitting he is likely to be tempted away by a big club.

"It was difficult turning down Chelsea, but it would also have been difficult turning down Manchester United," he added. "You have to think about your own future and I am only 20 years old. For me first team football is the priority. In a couple of years we can talk about money, big clubs and regular football there."

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