Toby Alderweireld has revealed that he refused an offer from Liverpool before joining Spanish side Atletico Madrid.

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alderweireld bThe former Ajax man stated the Anfield club appeared with an offer in the final few days of the transfer window, but the defender preferred the move to Atletico.

Alderweireld told Spanish media, “The club have been following me now for two or three weeks, and you could see they really wanted me. That is why I turned down approaches from other teams.”

“Liverpool, for example, appeared in the last few days, but the truth is that Atletico made a huge effort to convince me.”

The Belgian international also confirmed that his international team mate Thibaut Courtois was a big influence in his decision to switch Amsterdam for Madrid.

He added, “In the end I am coming to ‘his Atletico’. He said positive things to me as I was studying the offer. He said it was a club with great fans and that he was very happy playing at the Calderon.”

After months of speculation, Alderweireld finally left Ajax on the final day of the transfer window, leaving the Eredivisie champions after nine years with the club.

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