Liverpool midfielder Ovie Ejaria is said to have rejected a move to PSG in 2015, preferring to play his football in England.
Ejaria made his first team debut last season, when he featured for Liverpool in their League Cup victory over Derby, and went on to make a further eight appearances that season.
The 19-year-old came through the youth ranks at Arsenal, playing at the north London club for the first nine years of his career before moving to Liverpool in 2014. He is now being tipped by many to make more regular appearances in the first team next season after impressing during his run of performances in the squad last season.
However, it could all have been different had he decided to move to PSG when they tried to sign him two years ago.
According to All Nigeria Soccer – via TeamTalk – Ejaria wanted to settle in England following his move from Arsenal to Liverpool, and had no intentions of moving abroad.
The report claimed that a source from PSG stated: “We made an approach for Ovie two years ago – flat out he didn’t want to leave England.
“The only issue with British players that we’ve approached is their unwillingness to leave England. But we are working on changing that trend with the new generation more open to move abroad than the previous.
“I remember trying to lure a young Ashley Young to France but he would hear nothing of it.”
Since Jurgen Klopp took over as Liverpool manager, many youngsters who have come up through the youth system at the Reds have been given first team opportunities – players such as Trent Alexander-Arnold, Sheyi Ojo and Kevin Stewart – and should Liverpool gain qualification into next season’s Champions league group stage draw, Klopp will need depth to his squad.
This would mean young players such as Ejaria would be set to see more first team action next season, with Klopp needing to rotate his side in order to rest key players ahead of big matches.
This would make it seem that PSG’s loss is much to Liverpool’s gain, as Ejaria looks to prove to experts he made the right call in staying in England to further his career.