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Pedro Chirivella: Christian Gourcuff a key reason behind my rejection of Liverpool extension

Speaking to reporters yesterday during his unveiling as a FC Nantes player, 23-year-old Spanish midfielder Pedro Chirivella explained his decision to reject a contract extension proposal from Premier League champions Liverpool.

Liverpool est le meilleur club du monde. C’était dur pour moi de trouver une place de titulaire. Je ne voulais pas juste devenir un joueur d’entraînement. 

“Liverpool is the best club in the world. It was hard for me get a place in the starting XI. I didn’t want to be just another player in training. It was time for me to grow as a player and a man. And for that reason I took the decision to leave Liverpool, even though I had the opportunity to stay for some more years… I had an extension offer from Liverpool. But for me, it was time to jump into a new adventure, hence me signing for Nantes… One of my main reasons for joining, was the way in which (Christian) Gourcuff’s teams play.”

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