Steven Gerrard has revealed the he turned down "some nice opportunities around Europe" for a move to LA, as per the Daily Mail.
The Liverpool legend will make his MLS debut with LA Galaxy on July 17 against San Jose Earthquakes. Now, the former England captain has admitted he wasn't short of incredible offers once he made the decision to end his Liverpool journey.
In an interview with Galaxy TV, Gerrard said: "I had some nice opportunities around Europe.
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"But I wanted a completely fresh challenge, to come out of my comfort zone, to live away from home and get a different life experience and choose a place where my family can enjoy themselves and settle.
"When I retire from football in a few years I want to say I did try something different and didn't stay in the same place - although I loved every minute of it.
"I've been working really hard alone to make sure my physical condition is still good and make sure I still have my strength because when I turn up at Los Angeles I want to be ready to go.
"I don't want any excuses that I need weeks or a month to get fitness, I'm trying to keep that level so I'm in good condition when I arrive."
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Gerrard has always presented himself as a team player and will assumingly do so for Galaxy as well. He's putting in the extra hours to remain in good shape as he gets older and will want to perform at the same level he always has.
The former Liverpool man will be presented to the Galaxy fans at tomorrow's match against Toronto. He will then take part in an open training session on Tuesday.
UPDATE: Pictures from Gerrard's presentation