Liverpool midfielder target rules out return to Europe
Liverpool transfer news: Seydou Keita is happy in China and won't return to Europe
Long-term Liverpool target Seydou Keita has revealed he is enjoying life after his summer move to China, and will not be following Didier Drogba back to Europe, reports talkSPORT.
The 33-year-old midfielder reportedly snubbed a move to Anfield back in August, choosing instead to take up a new challenge in the Far East, with Dalian Aerbin FC.
Brendan Rodgers identified the former Barcelona star as a player to strengthen his Liverpool squad, but failed in his attempts to lure him to Merseyside.
And, any hope the Northern Irishman might have had of renewing interest in Keita - who is currently out in South Africa at the Africa Cup of Nations with Mali - have been dashed, after the player ruled out any possibility of a return to Europe.
"I left the best club in the world six months ago, so I'm not going back," he said. "The difference between me and others is that they left because of payment problems, that is not the case with me.
"I brought the team up to fifth, whereas before they were 14th. I've scored a lot of goals, it's going very well for me."
Drogba joined Galatasaray from Shanghai Shenhua in January, while Nicolas Anelka completed a loan move to Juventus, and there had been some anticipation that Keita could follow suit.
However, the African has reiterated that he has no plans to leave Dalian Aerbin FC, as he brings down the curtain on his career in China.