French Forward Reveals He Turned Down Liverpool

French striker turned down the opportunity to join Liverpool in order to join his boyhood club. Was it a good move?
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Every club has stories come out of players who could have signed or deals that have fallen through. Hindsight is always 20/20 but most failed moves only get leaked if it is one that would have benefited the club. Liverpool, are no exception to this. 

When speaking to RMC Sport, French striker Andre-Pierre Gignac revealed that he turned down Liverpool in 2010 in order to join his boyhood club, Marseille. 

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"I had two contracts in my hands. It was Marseille or Liverpool in 2010. I turned down Valencia just before. They’d sent me a plane with some good ham inside."

"I promise you, it makes you want to. They knew that with a bit of jamon iberico, they could do it, but I refused"

Gignac revealed that it would a move to Marseille was going to be impossible to turn down as he grew up supporting the club and lived so close to the city.

"I was born in Martigues, 40km from Marseille. All my childhood, it was Marseille."

The striker who is currently playing for Mexican club Tigres UANL said that it was ultimately his agent who persuaded him to turn down Liverpool's advances and contract offer. 

"My family support, Christophe (agent) comes and tells me: ‘André, you have Liverpool or Marseille’. I replied: ‘You can rip up Liverpool’s contract, we’re going to Marseille’. That’s it."

Liverpool may have missed out on Gignac's signature, but went on to have bountiful success without him. No use in crying over spilled milk.