Alex Oxlade Chamberlain has spoken about his move from Arsenal to Liverpool, and revealed that a possible move across London to Stamford Bridge was never really on the cards.
The 23-year old was heavily linked to Chelsea and shortly before he moved to Liverpool, reports had it that Chelsea had agreed a £35m fee with Arsenal for his services.
He did not move to West London and now explains why. Oxlade-Chamberlain reveals there was only one possible destination when he called time on his six-year stint with the Gunners.
The first thing was the tough decision to leave Arsenal. That was the only thing that was really tough for me and the deliberation but Liverpool was the only option for me in terms of where I thought I would be playing.
The team and the feel of the whole football club in general just sat right with me. I think there are really exciting things to come here and especially with this manager so I felt it was right for me to push to be a part of that. I’m delighted that I finally got the opportunity to.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sky Sports
Chelsea lost out on a number of signings last summer leading to rumors Antonio Conte was growing frustrated at the club.
Romelu Lukaku was thought to be the leading candidate to replace Diego Costa at Stamford Bridge before he moved to Manchester United, a move for Alex Sandro never materialized, Ross Barkley sensationally changed his mind in the last hours of transfer deadline day while Fernando Llorente chose a transfer to Tottenham Hotspur ahead of Chelsea.