Liverpool Forward Milan Jovanovic Turned Down Real Madrid Offer To Move To Anfield

Serbia international rejected move to Spanish giants…
Milan Jovanovic has confirmed that he turned down an offer to join Real Madrid in favour of a move to Liverpool.

The 29-year-old moved to Anfield on a free transfer from Standard Liege after his contract with the Belgian side came to an end.

Real Madrid offered the Serbia international a one-year deal with an option for another two years but he rejected it as he wanted guaranteed first-team football and a longer contract.

"I think 99 per cent of people I spoke to told me they did not understand why I said no to Real," Jovanovic is quoted as saying by Sky Sports.

"But maybe I am special. I thought if I went it would be as an ordinary player, but that, if I stayed, I would be where I felt good, where I was a star in Belgium.

"It is only a small league but Standard Liege won two titles and two Super Cups while I was there and I won two personal awards, one from coaches and players and the second from journalists. So I was very happy.

"Real offered me just a one-year deal with an option for two years. I said four, they said no and so I turned them down. Maybe they are the biggest club in the world, but I always knew that other big clubs would come.

"I will never go somewhere where I only play a small part. Why? It is better to be happy somewhere. Now I only want to look forward and play for Liverpool."

Jovanovic is expected to make his debut for the Reds in their Europa League qualifier against FK Rabotnicki on Thursday night.

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