SAO PAULO - Brazilian club Internacional says it has reached a deal to keep Argentine playmaker Andres D'Alessandro despite a good offer for him to play in China.

Internacional says it raised D'Alessandro's salary and over the weekend convinced him to stay in Brazil.

D'Alessandro said on the team's website that he was "happy" with the outcome of the negotiations and that he was "proud to be able to stay with the club."

The 30-year-old midfielder has been playing with Internacional since 2008. He previously played for Wolfsburg, Portsmouth and Zaragoza, as well as for the Argentine national team.

Details on the Chinese offer were not immediately available.

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