Bobby Adekanye will leave Liverpool this summer after deciding to reject a new contract. The 20-year-old has explained how he came to that decision.
Reports are linking Adekanye with a move to Lazio once his contract expires. Calciomercato, for instance, claim the Italians have already offered a five-year deal.
But why has a highly-rated prospect decided to leave Anfield this summer? Well, according to Adekanye, last summer was an eye-opener.
Adekanye was supposedly set to go on Liverpool’s tour of the United States but was instead left behind.
“[Going on the tour] that didn’t happen in the end,” he told Voetbalzone.
“That is disappointing and it has helped me not to renew my contract.
“If they promise such things and it doesn’t happen, I don’t know what will happen if I sign for three years.
“That confidence is no longer there, even though I still greatly respect the club.”
You have to say that’s fair enough. He’s no longer a teenager and playing minutes is absolutely vital. If a club the size of Lazio makes an offer and promises you games, it’ll be difficult to turn down.
Adekanye originally joined from Barcelona nearly four years ago, having previously been in Ajax’s youth academy.
That’s a pretty stellar history already but he hasn’t quite come along enough to be in Jurgen Klopp’s plans just yet.
Still, Liverpool did offer him a new three-year deal – that proves that they still rate him highly at Anfield.
But it appears that he needs more guarantees. And for that, you can’t blame Adekanye for deciding to leave Liverpool.