Denis Zakaria has admitted that he was very near signing for Liverpool on switch deadline day earlier this month.
The Switzerland worldwide as a substitute headed to Stamford Bridge to affix Chelsea on mortgage from Serie A outfit Juventus however the 25-year-old has revealed he spoke to his agent a few potential transfer to Jurgen Klopp’s aspect.
“I heard that from my agent, however ultimately it was Chelsea. And I feel I’ll be happier in England than in Turin,” the previous Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder stated (as quoted by Blick).
The midfielder solely joined Juventus in January of this 12 months however he’s admitted that he struggled to adapt to the model of play in Italy in comparison with what he had grow to be accustomed to within the Bundesliga.
“Troublesome to say. Possibly the model of soccer wasn’t mine,” he added when requested about his time in Italy. “The workforce was quite a bit behind, didn’t have that a lot area. I’m a participant who wants lots of area for my runs. It’d swimsuit me higher in England.”
He additionally revealed how his mortgage transfer to the Premier League got here as an actual shock to him however outlined himself as a ‘optimistic’ one who is ‘residing his dream’.
“I’m joyful to be a footballer and I’m residing my dream. That’s why I’m all the time optimistic,” Zakaria continued.
“All of it occurred in a short time. I didn’t know a transfer to Chelsea was attainable till six hours earlier than the tip of the switch window.”
Recognized for his highly effective presence in midfield, it’s no shock that Liverpool have been fascinated by securing his companies.
It was no secret that the Reds have been out there for a brand new central midfielder and regardless of Klopp’s aspect reportedly being fascinated by signing Jude Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund subsequent summer season, the Anfield outfit signed one among Zakaria’s former Juventus teammates on deadline day as a substitute.
Arthur Melo left the Turin-based outfit for Merseyside on a season-long mortgage deal and he’s desirous to get his profession again on observe within the Premier League.
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When Zakaria headed to Chelsea, Thomas Tuchel was nonetheless in cost.
However shortly after he arrived in London, the German had been sacked and changed by Brighton boss Graham Potter.
The Swiss star admitted that the German tactician was one of many the explanation why he opted to go to the capital however insisted he’s desirous to work laborious beneath his new boss.
“Thomas Tuchel was one of many causes I went to Chelsea, he’s an amazing coach,” he stated. “However now we haven’t had a lot time with him, however that’s soccer. The whole lot goes quick. I may need a brand new likelihood with the brand new coach, about whom I’ve heard lots of good issues. I’ll work quite a bit to get my place.”
Zakaria is but to earn his first minutes as a Chelsea participant having been named instead within the Blues’ final two fixtures.
It will likely be fascinating to see how he adapts to life in England and all the time intriguing to listen to about gamers that got here very near signing for the Reds.