New Liverpool signing Nuri Sahin has rejected claims he rebuffed Arsenal to join Liverpool for money reasons.
In fact, according to The Mirror, he says the chance to play at Anfield after his loan move from Real Madrid was the best chance of reigniting a career that appeared to have stalled at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Sahin [pictured, left] joined Los Blancos last summer from Borussia Dortmund, having been voted Bundesliga Player of the Year in 2010-11, and insists money was not the deciding factor.
“You don’t know me very well if you think I would go anywhere for money. If it was about money I wouldn’t be here,” The Mirror quotes him as saying.
‘I had lots of offers that would have allowed me to earn three times as much as I will earn here.
“I don’t care about money. I know that I will earn a lot of it in my career if everything goes well.
“The only reason I’m here is that I know I can play football here. I have a manager who trusts me and the way I play, and that I’m at a huge club.”
Sahin revealed he is also a great fan of Liverpool boss Brendan Rogers’ football philosophy.
“We were successful at Dortmund because we were a team,” said Sahin. “In the first season under Klopp we were sixth, then fifth.
“Then we were champions and last season Dortmund did it again.
“That’s because we had a long-term project. Brendan wants to improve Liverpool the same way and I think there will only be one way under him and that is up."