Liverpool defender Daniel Agger has claimed that he was tempted by the reported interest in his signature from La Liga champions Barcelona this summer.
Agger, who has been at Anfield since arriving from Danish Superliga outfit Brondby during the winter of 2006, has endured a frustrating start to the 2013/14 domestic campaign and was strongly linked with a potential £17 million switch to the Catalan giants in the summer.
Such a deal ultimately did not come to fruition, however, but Liverpool's vice captain has stated that anyone would have been tempted by the thought of such an alluring switch.
"I think you are always tempted when stuff like that happens. You would not be human not to be, but I keep to my principles," the 28-year-old told The Times in an interview that was quoted by ESPN.
"If I have a contract here for two or three years and the club want me to stay, then I stay with them because, when I signed that deal, that's what I told them - that I'd be here for four years. I can't just turn around and say I don't want to be here anymore.
"It might have been different if the club had said it was in the best interests of both of us to go our different ways. In that case Barcelona would have been the best place to go, without a doubt, but the club came to me and told me they wanted me here.
"I'm not saying I wasn't tempted, because anyone would be in that situation, but for the club to say that to me was enough. I am happy here and my family is happy here also and that's a good combination," he added.
Such news would presumably come as welcome news to Liverpool fans, with the committed Agger traditionally a popular figure among the Anfield faithful.
How long he will remain content with a bit-part role, though, remains to be seen. Despite Agger's excellent form over recent seasons, he has seen his role radically diminish this season under Brendan Rodgers.
Although the Denmark international started during the 4-0 demolition of Martin Jol's struggling Fulham prior to the international break, he has only made five other appearances in the Premier League and was an unused substitute during consecutive clashes against Newcastle, West Brom and Arsenal.
Liverpool, who currently sit second in the Premier League table, face fierce Merseyside rivals Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday.
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