By Chris Wright
Former Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani has admitted that he would have been perfectly happy to remain at Anfield this season, but was instead allowed to join Juventus on a season-long loan after manager Roy Hodgson sanctioned his release just three days prior.
Aquilani has revealed that, just as he was preparing to build on the definite signs of improvement he began to display at the tail-end of last season, the chance to join the Italian giants arose – which was an opportunity he saw as ‘just too good to turn down’.
Speaking to Tuttosport, the midfielder said;
“It was really fast, a blitz. One day I was speaking with Roy Hodgson and we were discussing Liverpool’s season, and three days later I found myself having a medical in Turin.
Liverpool counted on me, and in the end I would also have stayed because at the end of last season I was getting in gear physically and I had played the last eight games of the campaign.
The fans had started to show me affection. Then this opportunity arrived and I didn’t even need a minute to think about it. Liverpool wanted to only send me on loan, but [Juve’s general director] Beppe Marotta insisted to have the option to buy.”
Aquilani also admitted that he is finding his new surroundings a lot more comfortable than the damp-riddled, bottom-floor council flat he was forced to inhabit during his time on Merseyside;
“Turin has made a beautiful impact on me. It’s a beautiful city. I didn’t expect it to be like this. It has been a positive surprise. I also like the climate because with respect to Liverpool…”
…it’s a rainy cess-hole?
Even though this is just a standard ‘I’d like to thank the fans…’ response to a fairly banal line of questioning, it doesn’t sound like old Albert Eagle’s overly desperate to return, now does it?