Adem Ljajic has revealed why he decided to join Inter and stay in Italy
The Serbia international explained how Inter Milan manager Roberto Mancini was the driving factor behind his decision.
Ljajic, who scored 8 goals in 32 games last season, has been heavily linked with a move to a host of Premier League clubs.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is thought to be leading the race for the 23-year-old as he seeks a replacement for Raheem Sterling – who recently joined Manchester City for £49million.
However, the former Fiorentina man rejected a move to England, instead favouring a move to Roma’s Serie A rivals, Inter.
The winger told Inter Channel: “On the last day I spoke to Roberto Mancini, he explained everything and I immediately said I didn’t even need time to think about it.”
Toivonen nearly joined Liverpool
Sweden international Ola Toivonen has admitted he could have been playing in the Premier League a lot sooner – the 29-year-old recently joined Sunderland on loan from Rennes.
Although he has expressed his delight at being able to work with Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat, who he also played for at PSV Eindhoven, he has revealed how Liverpool enquired about his services.
“A couple of years ago it looked like I would be joining Liverpool when Roy Hodgson was there. Not fighting hard enough for that to happen is something I regret in my life” said Toivonen.
The striker has had spells in Sweden, before spending five years at PSV, after which he moved to Rennes, where he has scored 14 goals in 45 games during the last two seasons.
Written by Jack Wynne