ALESSANDRO DEL PIERO claims he turned down Liverpool before signing for Sydney FC – but Anfield officials deny they made an approach for the veteran Italian striker.
The 37-year-old free agent ended speculation about his future yesterday by penning a two-year deal worth £1.3million a season to play for the Australian club.
Asked whether Liverpool were trying to secure his services, Del Piero said: “They were one of the clubs and I was surprised to be contacted by them. Liverpool is a great club but Australia is an exciting country.
“Sydney is fascinating and different for many reasons. I want to explore a new country, a new continent.
“There was no better option. I’m excited on beginning my journey with Sydney FC. I am sure it will be a great adventure.”
Liverpool dismissed suggestions they tried to sign Del Piero as ‘nonsense’. The Reds have been linked with a number of free agents following their failure to replace striker Andy Carroll on transfer deadline day with boss Brendan Rodgers still considering his options.
Del Piero (left) ended his 19-year association with Juventus when he left on a free transfer at the end of last season. He has become the biggest name and the highest-paid footballer to ever play in Australia.
Sydney FC chairman Scott Barlow said: “This signing is a major coup for Sydney FC and marks a historic day for football in this country,
“Alessandro Del Piero is a global icon of the game and we are honoured he has chosen Sydney FC”
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