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Steven Gerrard: I turned down European clubs to join LA Galaxy

The 35-year-old, who will make his debut on 17 July, is excited at the challenge ahead.

Gerrard has rejected suggestions he is in line for a laidback spell at the StubHub Centre.
Gerrard has rejected suggestions he is in line for a laidback spell at the StubHub Centre.

STEVEN GERRARD TURNED down offers to stay in Europe before agreeing to join MLS outfit LA Galaxy, the former Liverpool captain has revealed.

Gerrard ended his 26-year association with his boyhood club to link up with Galaxy as the team’s third Designated Player, with reports suggesting Giovani dos Santos is now being pursued.

The 35-year-old, who will make his debut against San Jose Earthquakes on 17 July, said MLS would make hime “come out of my comfort zone” before he calls time on his playing career.

“I had a couple opportunities around Europe, some nice opportunities,” Gerrard told Galaxy TV.

“But I wanted a completely fresh challenge, to come out of my comfort zone, 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’ time I want to say I did try something different and didn’t stay in the same place — although I loved every minute of it.”

Gerrard rejected suggestions he is in line for a laidback spell at the StubHub Centre, insisting he has always given 100 per cent effort in games and does not intend to let up now.

He added: “I’ve been working really hard alone to make sure my physical condition is still good and to 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.

“I like to give 100 per cent, work as hard as I can, I don’t like losing, so I’ll do everything I can to try to win football matches.

“I’m a team player, I’m no individual, I never think about myself — it’s all about the team and what I can bring to the team to help us win.”

– First published 13.41

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