Liverpool midfielder Pedro Chirivella is set to join French League side Nantes when his contract expires at the end of this month.
Pedro Chirivella had been linked with a move away from Liverpool for free. Nantes were interested in signing the Spanish defensive midfielder. However, last month reports suggested that the Reds are ready to offer the Spaniard a five-year contract. It seems that negotiations for a new contract fell through as Chirivella was keen on leaving Anfield. Now the move to Stade de la Beaujoire has been confirmed by both clubs.
Welcome home, @pedrochb97
— FC Nantes (@FCNantes) June 12, 2020
“The Spanish midfielder has agreed a move to the Ligue 1 club after seven years with Liverpool, which included 11 appearances for the first team,” Liverpool’s statement read.
“Chirivella made his senior Reds debut as a substitute in the Europa League tie against Bordeaux in September 2015 and featured a further four times that season following the appointment of Jürgen Klopp as manager.
“After embarking on a series of subsequent loan spells to gain experience, he came back into the first-team picture during the current season and played six times before the suspension of English football due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“He was named captain when a youthful Liverpool team faced Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup in December and then started the FA Cup victories over Everton and Shrewsbury Town at Anfield.
“Chirivella will begin a new chapter by linking up with Nantes, who were 13th in Ligue 1 when its current season was curtailed, once his Reds contract expires at the end of June.
“Everybody at Liverpool FC thanks Pedro for his contribution to the club and wishes him the best of luck in his future career.”
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— Pedro Chirivella (@pedrochb97) June 12, 2020
Pedro Chirivella had three different loans spells – Go Ahead Eagles, Willem ll and Extramadura. He also captained an inexperienced Reds side against the Villans in the League Cup game in December last year. Despite the loss, he was praised by Klopp for his performance.
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