Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard snubbed the opportunity to join Bundesliga giants Beyarn Munich last season, according to the Daily Telegraph.
The Anfield hero celebrates his 15 years at the club this afternoon with his testimonial, but he revealed he turned down the chance to play for a top European side 12 months ago.
Gerrard said the ambition to help take Liverpool back to the Champions League was his main motivation to stay at Anfield. He doesn’t name the club interested in his services, but the Telegraph claims it was Bayern Munich.
“I had a chance to move last year to a Champions League club,” said Gerrard. “There was no temptation. I have been through that enough before.”
And the Reds captain admitted he hopes Luis Suarez follows his advice, and turns down the chance to move elsewhere this summer. Gerrard was heavily linked with Real Madrid and Chelsea at various points in his career, and Suarez similarly has been mentioned as a target for Madrid.
“That is the message for Luis,” continued Gerrard. “I am hoping from a biased point of view that he gives us another year and shows us the form he did last season.
“Maybe it will be time for him to go next year or the year after. I don’t think it is the right time for him to go just yet.”
Gerrard, along with fellow Liverpool legends Jamie Carragher and Robbie Fowler, will feature in the captain’s testimonial, hoping to raise more than £1m for Merseyside causes.