"Back in April, at the draw for the Olympic football tournament, the Chinese already expressed an accordant wish," the president told German football magazine Kicker.

"That needs time," he added. "China are used to working to a plan.

"In football they don't work to a plan. Now one has to start from the bottom, from the under-17s to the under-23s.

"The Chinese would like the World Cup, but that will not happen before 2022," Blatter added.