Didier Deschamps admitted that he was offered the chance to become Liverpool manager last summer following the departure of Rafa Benitez.
However, the Marseille manager rejected the offer, claiming that he felt too loyal to his current club to leave at that time. The timing of the approach was also cited as a reason he declined the offer.
Nevertheless, Deschamps was flattered to hear of Liverpool’s interest and told Skysports.com that he seriously considered their offer. “I was immensely flattered to receive Liverpool’s offer but there are two principal reasons that made me stay in Marseille,” he said. “It was not an easy decision, I tell you, not easy. But I had given my word here. I had a year left and committed myself to saying.”
Juve want Aquilani deal.
In light of recent speculation about Alberto Aquilani’s future beyond this summer, Juventus boss Giuseppe Marotta has moved to confirm that it would be in Juventus’s interests to sign the Italian playmaker permanently.
Whilst it is unclear whether Juventus will be able to afford the clause in his contract which will guarantee his permanent transfer, Marotta and Aquilani are both keen to make the move permanent.
“Aquilani is a player of value and is doing very well. We’re happy,” Marotta told Skysports.com. “His qualities have been known since he played in the youth of Roma and in the national team.” Marotta finally promised: “In due time we will meet with Liverpool and do everything to keep him with us.”
Dalglish targets Celtic star.
As a former Celtic player, Kenny Dalglish will naturally have had a partisan interest in yesterday’s Old Firm derby.
There were more pragmatic reasons for his interest in the game, however, as the Daily Mirror reports that he kept a keen eye on Celtic’s impressive left-back Emilio Izaguirre as he looks to solve Liverpool’s problem position.
The Honduran left-back has been in excellent form for Celtic since his summer transfer and marked his potential yesterday by setting up Celtic’s second goal. His performance has piqued both Liverpool and Manchester United’s interest, but it is thought that Liverpool’s guarantee of first-team football makes them favourites to land his £12 million signature.