Liverpool transfers: Toby Alderweireld reveals Reds approach

Liverpool transfers: Atletico Madrid defender Toby Alderweireld reveals he rejected an approach from the Reds this summer

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Diego Simeone is the current Atletico Madrid manager Photo: The Sport Review

Toby Alderweireld has revealed he rejected an approach from Liverpool in favour of joining long-term admirers Atletico Madrid.

The Belgium international had been linked with a host of Premier League sides, including Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, before sealing a move to Copa del Rey winners Atletico Madrid.

Alderweireld, who signed in a €7m (£5.9m) deal from Ajax, was thought to be keen to follow in the footsteps of his compatriots Vincent Kompany and Jan Vertonghen by securing a move to the English top flight.

However, the 24-year-old revealed he was impressed by Atletico and was happy to reject several approaches from potential suitors in the week leading up to the transfer deadline.

“The club have been following me now for two or three weeks, and you could see they really wanted me,” he told reporters.

“That is why I turned down approaches from other teams. Liverpool, for example, appeared in the last few days, but I had already made my decision.

“The truth is that Atletico made a huge effort to convince me.”

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