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Belgian defender snubbed Liverpool for Madrid

Toby Alderweireld says Liverpool joined the race too late

By | 4th September 2013
Toby Alderweireld

New Atletico Madrid signing Toby Alderweireld reportedly snubbed Premier League side Liverpool to sign with the Spanish outfit on Sunday. The 23-year-old center back had been linked to the Anfield side throughout the summer, but ended up spurning the Premier League side to sign with the Spanish side.

The 23-year-old joined the Spanish side in a £5.9 million move from Eredivisie club, but told ESPN that he chose Atletico Madrid over Liverpool because he felt that the Madrid outfit had made a “huge effort” to sign him.

“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,” Alderweireld told ESPN.

“Liverpool, for example, appeared in the last few days, but the truth is that Atletico made a huge effort to convince me.”

The Spanish side added the defender after allowing Martín Demichelis to join Premier League runners-up Manchester City just months after signing the defender on a free transfer from rival-side Malaga.

Alderweireld, a product of the Ajax youth system, spent five seasons with the Dutch club. The 23-year-old became a valuable part of the squad in the 2009-10 season, after only making five appearances the season before. The 23-year-old made 82 Eredivisie appearances for Ajax throughout the five seasons before joining the Spanish side on Sunday.

Liverpool ended up signing two center backs on deadline day anyways, adding PSG’s Mamadou Sakho for a £15 million fee, while signing Sporting Lisbon’s Tiago Ilori as well in a £7 million move.

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  1. Pete Browne says:

    Did LFC make a bid – Noooooooooooooooooo – they signed TWO other better defenders! Snub my arse!

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