Real Madrid midfielder Asier Illarramendi has rejected the chance to come to the Premier League this summer, with the Daily Express reporting that Brendan Rodgers was keen to bring him to Liverpool.
The Express suggest that the Reds had made an £13.1m offer for the 25-year-old, who was also attracting interest from Arsenal. But, he has turned down the chance to come to England, and has instead vowed to fight for his place at the Bernabeu.
Rodgers may have felt confident that he would have been able to get a deal across the line after the Spaniard endured a challenging year with Los Blancos. He made 30 appearances in La Liga, but only started ten of those games, as Carlo Ancelotti preferred to use the likes of Toni Kroos and Luka Modric.
However, he has enjoyed a much more extensive role during pre-season under new manager Rafael Benitez, which may have provided him with the belief that he stands a better chance of being more involved when the campaign begins.
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