Having agreed a slightly questionable £35 million fee with Arsenal yesterday, it looked almost certain that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain would move across London to Stamford Bridge this summer.
However, late last night, BBC Sport broke the news that Oxlade-Chamberlain was set to reject Chelsea’s generous offer in favour of a move to Premier League rivals Liverpool.
At first, the BBC were reporting that the 24-year-old England international had passed the opportunity to join the Premier League champions because he wanted to join a club that would deploy him in a central midfield role.
Yet, TalkChelsea can now reveal the true reason behind why the Arsenal midfield has chosen to turn his back on a move to West London.
In an exclusive interview with our team of journalists, the overrated midfielder explained that the key reason he wants to join Liverpool is because he does not want to win the Premier League title.
“I’ve never really been fussed about winning the Premier League. Ever since I was a kid it’s just never appealed to me. I prefer bigger titles like the Emirates Cup,” admitted the soon-to-be Liverpool player.
“At this stage in my career, I want the security that I’m never going to win the league. That’s what I had at Arsenal and it’s exactly what Liverpool are offering me as well – just for slightly more money than I’m getting already.”
With Chelsea winning the Premier League title five times in the last thirteen years, the Arsenal midfielder feels that it is too much of a risk to join the West London club at this moment in time.
As well as revealing that he would be joining Liverpool in order to avoid winning the Premier League, the England international explained that there was some truth in the reports that he wanted to play in a different position to the one he would be played in under under Conte.
“I’ve always fancied myself as a keeper, and Jurgen Klopp has given me assurances that I’ll be Liverpool’s number one,” the 24-year-old revealed when speaking to TalkChelsea.
“At Arsenal, I was being played in midfield and at right wing-back for some games but, that’s not me. Now, I’m getting on a little and I feel like now is the right time to move clubs to ensure I’m playing in goal regularly.
“If I move to Chelsea, I’ll have to compete with the likes of Thibaut Courtois, Willy Caballero, and Eduardo. But, if I move to Liverpool, I assume I’ll walk straight into the team. No disrespect to Simon Mignolet or anything, but he’s just not that good, is he? My nan’s three-legged dog has a better passing range than him.”
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