Pedro Chirivella admits he turned down a five-year Liverpool contract this season. The Spaniard explained his reason for doing so.
The Liverpool Echo claimed back in June that Chirivella rejected a Liverpool contract. The club offered him a five-year deal but he said no.
And now he’s at Nantes.
Well, Chirivella admitted that was true in an interview with AS. The 22-year-old says he ‘didn’t think twice’, either, before jumping at a move to Ligue 1.
“I had offers from Spain, but little by little the options were extinguished as a result of the pandemic,” he said. “We were in full negotiations with Liverpool, who offered me a fairly long 4-5 year contract and we didn’t know what to do.
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“Then Nantes came with an interesting proposal for me and while talking to the coach and president, we decided that it was the best option and I came to Nantes in June.
“I know it is a club with history in France that has done great things and I honestly did not expect to go to France. I wanted to go back to Spain and the lockdown changed everything.
“When Nantes came I didn’t think twice. I wanted to leave Liverpool and I wanted to play.”
What RTK has to say
Well, fair enough. Chirivella had spent a long time at Liverpool and you can always understand wanting to move on for first-team football at 22 years old.
We can’t help but wonder if there’s a tinge of regret when watching the club’s injury crisis, though. Fabinho shifting into defence could have opened up a spot at holding midfield for Chirivella.
But he was never going to see that coming. Still, turning down a long-term Liverpool contract isn’t easy for any player – let alone someone who isn’t a star.
Hopefully, though, Chirivella kicks on in France to become a solid player. He’s had a difficult start with Nantes’ struggles this season but he’s a talent.
All he needs is time and games. He assured himself of that this year and we’ll back it to pay off for him.