The 34-year-old’s autobiography is currently being serialised in the Daily Mail, and in the latest excerpt, the veteran midfielder has revealed that Tottenham, Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain were interested in Gerrard’s signature when he left Liverpool during the summer.
The midfielder, who currently features for Los Angeles Galaxy in Major League Soccer, has also gone on to shed light on the circumstances that accompanied his departure from Anfield, including some tacic disapproval of how his departure was dealt with.
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“Brendan Rodgers wanted me to stay, but the club’s offer suggested ‘it feels like it’s time. Enjoy your last six months with us and then start afresh somewhere else’.
“The meeting to discuss a new deal lasted 15 minutes — a very short time to decide the conclusion to my Liverpool career after 27 years.
“It was pretty much a case of ‘this is the offer’. It seemed as if I wanted them more than they wanted me.”
“The offer was a one-year extension with a 40 per cent pay decrease. The bonuses were very good but they contradicted everything that Brendan had told me. My game time was going to become less and less but they were offering performance-related incentives?
“I had no quibbles with the money offered. A substantial decrease was only to be expected. At 34 I was not the player who had lifted the Champions League trophy 10 years earlier. I also understood that I would have to play less — but I still valued myself as a top player and an important part of the team.
“I was still captain and I was disappointed to be offered a performance-incentive contract. I thought they would have known that, apart from pride in my own performances and an enduring love for Liverpool, I didn’t need any incentive to try my heart out.”
Gerrard ended his 17-year stay on Merseyside by switching to Major League Soccer.
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However, despite the unhappy circumstances of his departure, the former England international will look back on a glorious career at Anfield.
He may not have won the Premier League title, but Gerrard still managed to lift two FA Cup titles, three League Cups, the UEFA Cup, two UEFA Super Cups and, of course, the Champions League title in 2005.