Young Reds starlet hopes for a long career at Anfield.
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Suso has spoken of his delight at signing his first professional contract with Liverpool and revealed that he turned down offers from Barcelona and Real Madrid to move to Merseyside.
“I feel very happy. I want to be here a lot of years. I want to go on and play for Liverpool’s first team, playing in every game.
“But if I want to have that I have to work harder and do my very best every day, in every training session.”
Regarded as a teenage prodigy in his homeland, Suso resisted the overtures of some of La Liga’s finest to join the Reds, identifying the 2005 Champions League final as one of the major factors in his decision.
“I had good offers from them (Barcelona and Real Madrid),” he said.
“I was going to sign for Real Madrid but one day before it the phone rang and Rafael Benitez spoke to me. He convinced me that Liverpool was the club for me and after that I had to change my plans. I was going to come to Liverpool.
“I have always liked the Premier League more than La Liga and I decided that it would be better for me to come here – even with the English weather!
“I remember watching the final of the Champions League in 2005 when Liverpool beat AC Milan. It was an amazing final and after that I really liked the idea of playing for this team.” (Liverpool Official Website)
There have been mixed news for Liverpool fans today regarding young Spanish strikers.
The bad news was Roy Hodgson’s treatment of Dani Pacheco. It’s been covered elsewhere on this site, but to hear Roy putting down one of our biggest prospects when he should be encouraging them was disheartening to say the least.
However, Suso could be excellent.
A forward who can also play in attacking midfield, he has featured for the reserves this season – as well as in pre-season for the first team against Borussia Monchengladbach.
Let’s just hope he gets the encouragement he needs, eh?
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