Sunday, 5th August, 2012
New CSKA Moscow schemer Rasmus Elm has revealed that he had contact with Liverpool before opting to join the Russian Premier League giants.
Elm recently completed his move from AZ Alkmaar to the Russian capital, with CSKA shelling out around €6M to sign the highly-rated Swede to a four-year contract.
A whole host of clubs showed interest in Elm throughout last season, where he impressed in the Eredivisie with AZ, scoring ten goals in 32 league games.
And amongst those interested parties were Liverpool, who moved to try and tempt him to England, while another Merseyside club, Everton, were interested before he landed at AZ in 2009.
"There were other options, but I got the right feeling about CSKA", the 24-year-old told Express.
"There was indeed contact with Liverpool, and before [I joined] AZ I spoke to Everton.
"But I must say that I find Moscow a much nicer city than Liverpool."
Elm also confirmed that he did turn down an offer from CSKA in the January transfer window, but insists it was not in any way down to not wanting to join the Russian outfit and instead more about not wanting to disrupt his season.
"It is true that when I got an offer I rejected it, but that was mainly because I did not want to leave AZ in the lurch in the middle of the season.
"I also did not want to risk ending up on the couch and missing the European Championship."
The Sweden international has been handed the number 24 at CSKA.
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