Iran Asian Players in Europe

Sardar Azmoun claims he rejected Liverpool in January

Sardar Azmoun has said he made the right decision to stay at Russian club FC Rostov despite interest from clubs including Liverpool during the January window.

In November 2016, multiple reports stated that Liverpool were among a host of clubs monitoring the situation of the Iran international forward. At the time, the Merseyside club were short of options in the striker department amid injuries and Sadio Mane’s participation at the African Nations Cup.

But Azmoun said he felt he would have ended up in a backup role once other players returned to fitness.

“There was talks of Liverpool having expressed an interest in me during the winter transfer window,” Azmoun told the Qatar Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy website.

“However, I did not feel the time to move was right. I would have ended up playing a few games and then spent a great deal of time on the bench as Liverpool were only looking to fill a void for a particular part of their season.”

“I am sure I will be playing for a top European club in the near future,” he added. It is believed that Azmoun’s main goal is to join a Premier League club.

The 22-year-old has made 27 appearances for Rostov this season, scoring seven goals.