Liverpool’s German star Emre Can has revealed the reasoning behind his move to Anfield this summer, and also explained that he turned down a move back to Bayern Munich in order to facilitate the transfer, as reported by the Daily Star.
The Under 21 international left Bayer Leverkusen to join Liverpool this summer, with the Reds paying £10 million to bring him in.
He also agreed a long term deal with the Reds, but has admitted that prior to this, he was given a chance to move back to former club Bayern, who won the Bundesliga last season.
Instead, he chose to make the move to Merseyside.
When Can left Bayern to move to their Bundesliga rivals, they put a buy back clause into his contract.
With the clause set to become active at the end of the season, Can held discussions about a return to the Allianz Arena.
However, he chose to move to Liverpool due to the club’s ambitions and Brendan Rodgers’ style of play.
He said: “Bayern had a buy-back clause but that didn’t kick in until next year.
“There were some discussions with Bayern this summer but I decided the best thing for me would be to accept the opportunity to come to Liverpool.
“Before I came here I had discussions with Brendan Rodgers and that made my mind up. From those talks I was very positive about this move.
“This whole club is very ambitious and positive about how it wants to play football. That’s the way I want to play football, too.
“Liverpool believe in the same things and that’s why I came here. I want to stay here for a long time.”
A possible legal battle between Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich could threaten Liverpool’s proposed £10 million signing of Emre Can, according to reports.
His contract includes a release clause, which Liverpool expect to match, but Bayern also inserted a buy-back clause into the terms of his transfer. At the time of his sale, Bayern stated that they expected to sign him back at some point in the future.
There has not, as of yet, been any contact between Bayern and Bayer Leverkusen regarding the clause, but the issue surrounds the two conflicting deals between Emre Can and Leverkusen and the second deal between Bayer and Bayern themselves. Bayern’s clause would remain active throughout any transfer process, in spite of any interest from elsewhere.
Rogers and Liverpool are keen to make Can their first signing of the window, with the versatile 20-year old considered an important addition to a squad set to take part in the Champions League. The fear now is that should Bayern express an interest and meet the terms of their buy-back clause, Liverpool would be cast aside.
Liverpool’s continued interest in Bayer Leverkusen’s Emre Can is set to pay off, with Stefan Klüttermann of the Rheinischen Post reporting that the German side expect him to join Liverpool in the near future.
Leverkusen are apparently braced for a €12 million bid that they would find almost impossible to reject. It would be more than double what they paid Bayern Munich for him only a summer ago.
The versatile player, who can operate both in midfield and across the entire back line, would be an invaluable addition to a Reds squad gearing up for the heavy test of a Champions League campaign.
Brendan Rogers’ close relationship with Can’s agent has apparently aided the swift nature of this business.
He would likely be seen as a successor to Gerrard in the deep-lying playmaker role, given both his talents and his young age, and Gerrard’s relative inexperience in the role. Gerrard, however, did operate well when played there this season, so the future may be in mind when discussing Can’s role.
Having represented Germany at most youth levels, Can hopes to find his way into their national side in the near future, eschewing his Turkish ancestry. A move to the Premier League would possibly improve his chances, especially given the level Liverpool seek to operate at going forward.