I turned down Bayern for Liverpool – Can

The midfielder says Brendan Rodgers convinced him to spurn the Bundesliga champions in favour of a move to Anfield

Emre Can has revealed he rejected an option to rejoin Bayern Munich in favour of moving to Liverpool from Bayer Leverkusen in the off-season.

The Germany Under-21 international moved to Anfield in July after just one season at Leverkusen.

Can came through the ranks at Bayern and made four league appearances before the switch to their Bundesliga rivals.

The midfielder, who has seen his opportunities at Liverpool limited by an ankle injury, says Brendan Rodgers ultimately convinced him that a switch to Anfield would best suit his career.

“Bayern had a buyback clause but that didn’t kick in until next year,” he said.

“There were some discussions with Bayern this summer but I decided the best thing for me would be to accept the opportunity to come to Liverpool.

“Before I came here I had discussions with Brendan Rodgers and that made my mind up. From those talks I was very positive about this move.

“This whole club is very ambitious and positive about how it wants to play football. That’s the way I want to play football too.

“Liverpool believe in the same things and that’s why I came here. I want to stay here for a long time.”

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