De La Pena admits rejecting fortune to stay with Espanyol

Ivan de la Pena admits he gave up a fortune to sign with Espanyol. The 33 year-old midfielder will play out his career with Espanyol after rejecting a mega bucks contract from Spartak Moscow.

Ivan de la Pena admits he gave up a fortune to sign with Espanyol.

The 33 year-old midfielder will play out his career with Espanyol after rejecting a mega bucks contract from Spartak Moscow.

"When you speak about the figures they (Spartak Moscow) were talking about, it is difficult to make a quick decision. But here I feel at home with my family and my children, and there are other things to consider, not only money," said the former Barcelona star.

"Many people told me I had to accept Spartak's offer, for my age and everything. But I talked to my wife and I think I made the right decision. I want to stay two more years and retire at Espanyol."

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