Romeo Lavia names three reasons he rejected Liverpool to join Chelsea

Romeo Lavia has given three reasons why he decided to join Chelsea over Liverpool. The midfielder has completed a £58million move to the Blues from Southampton.

Liverpool spent much of the summer attempting to sign Lavia after his impressive first season in the Premier League. Jurgen Klopp’s side had several bids rejected for the 19-year-old.

Last week Liverpool were ready to match Southampton’s asking price, agreeing a fee with the south coast club of up to £60m. However, Chelsea also struck an agreement with Saints and Lavia has opted to move to London instead.

He claims the project and ambition of Chelsea under Mauricio Pochettino played a part in his decision to choose to join them. The Belgium international also points to the history of the club as another reason for the move.

Lavia told Chelsea’s website: “Three factors determined my decision. The project and the ambitions of the club were key factors in me choosing Chelsea, but also the history behind the club.

“It’s really exciting to be a part of this football club and to write some history. I’m really happy and proud. It’s a privilege to be able to put on this shirt.

“Most of the players we’ve signed are players I’ve played against, and thought ‘Ooooof, these players are good’, so to be able to work with them is a great feeling. They are young players and good players, so it will be good to make each other better. That’s the only way to succeed.”

Lavia is also excited to work under Pochettino. He said: “He’s a great manager. We all know what he’s done before.

“When I spoke to him, he was pretty clear on what he wanted, and the direction he wanted the team to go in. I was really pleased to hear what he wanted, and his energy was something that matched with mine.

“It seems to be a dressing room with a great vibe, and I just want to be a part of it.”


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