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Denis Zakaria reveals he almost joined Liverpool as an alternative of Chelsea on deadline day

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Denis Zakaria moved to Chelsea on deadline day 2022 (Picture: Getty)

Denis Zakaria has revealed that he virtually joined Liverpool and never Chelsea on deadline day.

The defensive midfielder signed for the Blues from Juventus on mortgage, a transfer that seemingly materialised out of nowhere, particularly contemplating the participant had solely moved to the Serie A giants again in January.

Zakaria has now opened up about his summer season of uncertainty, admitting that he and his agent had been taking a look at potential strikes to the Premier League after struggling to settle in at Juventus.

However in keeping with the Switzerland worldwide himself, Stamford Bridge was not the one potential vacation spot, with a switch to Anfield additionally within the working as Liverpool desperately appeared for midfield reinforcements.

‘I heard that from my agent, however ultimately it was Chelsea,’ the 25-year-old stated, as quoted by Blick.

‘All of it occurred in a short time. I didn’t know a transfer to Chelsea was attainable till six hours earlier than the tip of the switch window.

‘I feel I’ll be happier in England than in Turin. Tough to say [what went wrong at Juventus].

Liverpool signed Zakaria’s Juventus teammate Arthur Melo (Picture: Getty)

‘Perhaps the model of soccer wasn’t mine. The staff was quite a bit behind, didn’t have that a lot area. I’m a participant who wants a variety of area for my runs. It’d go well with me higher in England.’

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Chelsea have the choice to signal Zakaria completely earlier than the tip of the season for round £25million, although he’s but to make his debut for the west Londoners.

He additionally admitted that one of many foremost sights of Chelsea was the possibility to play beneath Thomas Tuchel, however sadly for him that chance would final simply six days, as Tuchel was sacked following the membership’s poor begin to the season.

‘Thomas Tuchel was one of many causes I went to Chelsea, he’s an ideal coach,’ Zakaria admitted.

‘However now we haven’t had a lot time with him, however that’s soccer. The whole lot goes quick.

‘I might need a brand new likelihood with the brand new coach [Graham Potter], about whom I’ve heard a variety of good issues. I’ll work quite a bit to get my place.’

In the meantime, in an attention-grabbing coincidence, Liverpool did signal a brand new midfielder on deadline day, specifically Zakaria’s Juventus teammate Arthur Melo.


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