Sergi Canos is currently at Brentford in the Championship, having decided to exit Liverpool permanently in 2016.
At the time, he was very highly rated, and had made a debut under Jurgen Klopp, but didn’t want to stay at Anfield and be sent out on loan again.
As a result, he joined Norwich permanently, but failed with the Canaries and eventually joined Brentford, where he’d already spent a loan spell previously.
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— Sergi Canós Tenés (@sergicanos) September 26, 2018
“In Barcelona they said you can be in under-18s, under-19s, but I couldn’t play real football,” he told The Guardian.
“Liverpool offered me real football and I trained with the first team sometimes. For a kid of 16 that was amazing. If you get told that in the next months you are going to train with Luis Suárez, Steven Gerrard and Brendan Rodgers as a manager – you take it. I’d take it now, in five years and in 10 years.
“After Christmas I took the decision I didn’t want to sign a new contract with Liverpool. They offered me five years more but I didn’t want to. I didn’t want to be one more; I wanted to be important and I didn’t want to go on loan again.
“To sign for five more years at Liverpool, it meant that my career was going to depend on Liverpool, them making decisions for me. They didn’t offer me the opportunity to try and train and play for the first team. I made my debut but it wasn’t a good thing, I don’t think. It was a good thing because then they could sell me for £2.5m to Norwich.”
We actually have respect for Canos’s decision. Hundreds of young players at big clubs spend years on loan in the Championship without any real possibility of breaking into the first-team.
If he felt it was best for his career to leave permanently and ignore guaranteed wages at a club like Liverpool for five years, then fair play to him.
We’d actually encourage more youngsters to do the same. Good luck to him.