Alex Teixeira has explained why he shunned Liverpool for China move 6 years ago

Alex Teixeira has explained why he shunned Liverpool for China move

Alex Teixeira stunned plenty of Liverpool fans by joining Chinese Super League club Jiangsu Suning on a big-money deal.

After the Brazilian was named in Shakhtar Donetsk's Europa League squad, many Reds fans expected the player to stay in Ukraine and move to Anfield in the summer.

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But just hours later he was off to China after a £38m fee was agreed.

And now Teixeira, who previously expressed a strong desire to join up with his friend Philippe Coutinho at Liverpool, has explained his decision.

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"Unfortunately, all the proposals that came from them, were somewhat windy and did not contain anything concrete," the 26-year-old is quoted as saying in the Daily Express.

"Let's put it like this: everyone always knew that I wanted to stay in Europe and move to [the Premier League]."

Teixeira was also linked to Chelsea during the transfer window, but nothing materialised there either.

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While his hopes of an international call-up may be hit by the decision to move east, playing alongside compatriot Ramires could keep him on the radar of Seleção boss Dunga.