Denis Zakaria has revealed he was almost at Liverpool and not Chelsea on the day of the deadline.
The defensive midfielder signed for the Blues on loan from Juventus, a move that came seemingly out of nowhere, especially considering the player had only moved to the Serie A giants in January.
Zakaria has now been candid about his uncertain summer, admitting that he and his agent were looking at potential transfers to the Premier League after struggling to settle at Juventus.
But according to the Swiss international himself, Stamford Bridge was not the only potential destination, with a transfer to Anfield also on the horizon as Liverpool were desperate for reinforcements in midfield.
“I heard that from my agent, but in the end it was Chelsea,” the 25-year-old said, quoted by Blick.
‘It all happened very quickly. I only knew six hours before the end of the transfer window that a transfer to Chelsea was possible.
“I think I will be happier in England than in Turin. hard to say [what went wrong at Juventus].
“Maybe the style of football wasn’t mine. The team was way behind, didn’t have that much space. I am a player who needs a lot of space for my runs. It might suit me better in England.’
Chelsea have the option to sign Zakaria for around £25million before the end of the season, though he has yet to make his debut for the West Londoners.
He also admitted that one of Chelsea’s main attractions was the chance to play under Thomas Tuchel, but unfortunately for him that opportunity would only last six days as Tuchel was sacked following the club’s poor start to the season.
“Thomas Tuchel was one of the reasons I went to Chelsea, he’s a great coach,” Zakaria admitted.
“But now we haven’t had much time with him, but that’s football. Everything goes fast.
‘Maybe I have a new chance with the new coach’ [Graham Potter], about whom I have heard many good things. I will work a lot to get my place.’
Meanwhile, in an interesting coincidence, Liverpool did sign a new midfielder on deadline day, Zakaria’s Juventus team-mate Arthur Melo.
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