Toby Alderweireld admits he rejected a transfer deadline day offer from Liverpool. The 24-year-old joined French midfielder Joshua Guilavogui, moving from Dutch champions Ajax to the Vicente Calderon. The defender had 12 months left on his contract in the Dutch capital and having made his decision not to sign an extension clear, Amsterdam ArenA chiefs had little option but to transfer him in the summer.
Alderweireld explains that although Liverpool and Atletico made offers, the lack of desire on the part of Brendan Rodgers to complete the signing persuaded him to opt for Spain over Merseyside.
"Liverpool, for example, appeared in the last few days, but the truth is that Atletico made a huge effort to convince me. The club have been following me now for two or three weeks, and you could see they really wanted me. That is why I turned down approaches from other teams," he explained.
Meanwhile, he also said he spoke to compatriot Thibaut Courtois about life in Madrid. The 21-year-old Belgian goalkeeper is on loan to Diego Simeone's side from Stamford Bridge.
"Courtois is naturally very happy with my arrival. In the end I am coming to 'his Atletico'. He said positive things to me as I was studying the offer. He said it was a club with great fans and that he was very happy playing at the Calderon," Alderweireld continued.
John Aldridge Backs Victor Moses' Loan
Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge has spoken out in support of Victor Moses' loan move. The Nigerian international joined the Anfield club on loan for the 2013/14 Premier League season, after finding his squad position at Chelsea under threat by the raft of new arrivals.
"Liverpool got their business done early on deadline day to complete a successful transfer window for the club. There is no question that Brendan Rodgers' squad looks much stronger now than it did at the start of the summer," Aldridge told the Liverpool Echo.
"The manager had been looking for another attacking threat from out wide and I think the loan signing of Victor Moses will prove to be very shrewd. Moses is quick and skilful. His scoring record at Chelsea last season - 10 goals in 43 appearances - was decent considering he didn't start that often," he added.
Moses has admitted former Blue Daniel Sturridge persuaded him to complete his Anfield move.