Australia international Jackson Irvine feels vindicated for turning down a Chinese offer that would have increased his wage 20-fold.
A Chinese Super League club made three separate offers to him in last January's transfer window.
But Irvine refused the offers, believed to be AU$8.5 million, to remain with Burton Albion in the English Championship on a salary around AU$430,000.
"It's a complicated situation when you get that phone call," Irvine told reporters on Tuesday.
"I rejected three offers...
First-half goal from Joseph Mendes and Jordan Obita set Reading on their way to a third-place finish in the Sky Bet Championship as they won 4-2 on their first ever visit to the Pirelli Stadium.
When Yann Kermorgant made it three midway through the second half it seemed a stroll towards a two-legged semi-final with Fulham for the men from Berkshire.
However, a determined fightback from the Brewers thanks to goals from Ben Turner and Cauley Woodrow kept the Royals fighting for victory to the very end.
Burton secured their Sky Bet Championship status by clinching a point from a 1-1 draw at Barnsley.
George Moncur put the home side in front towards the end of the first half but a goal from substitute Luke Varney soon after the restart ensured Burton's survival.
Burton went into the game knowing that a point would be enough to keep them in the second tier for a second season.
Moncur saw his early low drive comfortably saved by Stephen Bywater and Burton's first chance of note fell to Jackson Irvine,...
Marvin Sordell and Michael Kightly scored late goals for Burton to edge Nigel Clough's side to within a point of Sky Bet Championship safety as Leeds United's promotion hopes suffered a blow at the Pirelli Stadium.
Goals on 75 and 77 minutes from the two January signings had Albion seemingly in control of their own destiny going into the last 10 minutes until skipper Kyle Bartley volleyed home Chris Wood's angled header at the back post on 80 minutes.
Sordell turned sharply on to Kightly's pass to...