Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says he is “relaxed” about losing out on signing midfielder Glyfi Sigurdsson, and that “Liverpool would have provided Gylfi with a wonderful opportunity to perform with a manager that he knew at a club that is a footballing institution”.
Sigurdsson, 22, opted to sign for Tottenham this week after speaking with Rodgers and a move to Liverpool appearing to be a formality at one point.
“The Sigurdsson deal collapsed because he was not prepared to bow to the midfielder’s wage demands, understood to be in excess of £40,000 per week”, write The Guardian newspaper.
Rodgers explained the situation;
“I know what the market was and I was not prepared to pay anything over what I knew had already been agreed before. Liverpool would have provided Gylfi with a wonderful opportunity to perform with a manager that he knew at a club that is a footballing institution. But he has decided to go to Tottenham for whatever reason. I wish him all the best and he is a good kid. There is no ill feeling. We have got other targets and we will move on.”
On Sigurddson the player he said;
“I am quite relaxed. He did fantastic for me at Swansea last season. I brought him in when he was not playing at Hoffenheim. He was very good for me and scored seven goals in 19 games. We sat down and spoke and we said that playing football was the most important thing but obviously the financial side was important, too. We agreed a deal for Swansea but then I left to become Liverpool manager.”
Rodgers has shown great leadership by essentially saying it is the player’s loss at missing a chance to join a “footballing institution” like Liverpool FC.