In what might well be a footballing first, Ukrainian winger Yevhen Konoplyanka has apologised for NOT joining Liverpool. The 25-year-old was thought to be close to completing a move in January of last year, only for his current side, Dnipro, to refuse to agree to the sale (via The Guardian).
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In a Luis Suarez-esque scenario, Liverpool met the player’s buy-out clause on transfer deadline day and were closing in on a deal until Dnipro’s president blocked the move, despite the player having already agreed terms.
Konoplyanka is out of contract this summer and might well have one eye on reigniting the possibility of a move with these latest comments, which come ahead of Dnipro’s upcoming Europa League final against Sevilla.
As Goal.com report, he said this week: “I am sorry I didn’t join Liverpool when they wanted me but this Europa League final will help me get over that!”
Konoplyanka shot to fame after scoring against England at Wembley in 2012, a match that finished 1-1. He has played in all 14 of Dnipro’s matches in their impressive run to their first major European final this year, which takes place in Warsaw on May 27.