Spanish striker Iago Aspas will complete a move to Liverpool, the player himself has confirmed.
The 25 year old is quoted explaining his move to Merseyside and how he turned down offers from Italy, Portugal and other countries in order to transfer to the Reds.
Reuters news agency quote Aspas telling Spanish newspaper Marca:
“When I heard of Liverpool’s interest I did not hesitate even for a minute.”
“It is one of the biggest clubs in the world and although I also had offers from Italy and Portugal and other countries I decided that my future was in English football.”
“I am very calm but at the same time very excited because I am making a very significant step forward in my sporting career.”
The left-footed attacker is expected to complete a £7.1 million move to Liverpool this week, arriving from Celta Vigo where he scored 12 goals last season.
Aspas told Marca:
“I was forced to cancel the holiday we had planned to the Caribbean, but the cause is more than justified.”
The Spaniard is exciting to join up with fellow native Spanish speakers and hopes they will help him learn a new language:
“I hope you help me at first Reina, Suso, Dani Pacheco, Luis Suarez, Coutinho, Lucas Leiva and Jose Enrique”.
Aspas will be a welcome addition to Brendan Rodgers squad, adding pace and versatility across the attacking options. He is described as “fast and direct and can play through the middle, in a deeper role, or down the flank”.
Marca report that his wages will be around £25,000 per week on a four year deal. He is likely to replace Stewart Downing in the Reds’ squad, who is expected to leave the club this summer. With Aspas also being left-footed he can play a similar role on the right of the attack, cutting inside but having more of an eye for goal than Downing.