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.
“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.