Liverpool transfer target Toby Alderweireld said he snubbed a late move from the reds because Atletico Madrid ‘wanted him more’.
The 24-year-old defender had been hotly-tipped to join the Reds this summer, but instead left Ajax for La Liga on transfer deadline day, despite reports also linking him with Everton and Tottenham.
And Alderweireld admitted the Spanish side’s desperation to sign him was a large part of the reason he selected a move to Madrid over Liverpool.
‘The club have been following me now for two or three weeks, and you could see they really wanted me,’ he said. ‘That is why I turned down approaches from other teams.
‘Liverpool, for example, appeared in the last few days, but the truth is that Atletico made a huge effort to convince me.’ (The Metro)
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