Cannavaro says Guangzhou Evergrande wouldn't release from his contract at the time.
Now home in Italy, he told Corriere dello Sport: “I had to say no for two years. A team with quality players and solid and ambitious ownership.
“Evergrande's directors didn't let me go when I received the offers. Vincenzo Italiano is still a great choice.
“Once I returned to Italy, I told Evergrande that I wouldn't return to China due to family reasons. Had I returned, today I'd be in quarantine for 30 days."
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