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EPL: Liverpool snubbed by this £25m “diamond”

Timothy Aiyeku

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Belgium international Jeremy Doku has revealed that he snubbed a move to Liverpool and Newcastle United after he was approached by the English Premier League duo for a move to French Ligue 1 outfit Rennes.

Jeremy Doku who spoke to RTL boasted of his decision as he claims that joining the French Ligue 1 outfit was the best decision for his career because of the need for him to develop and have more playing time at a top-level.

The 18-year-old is one player that has been hailed and described as “diamond in the rough” by Man City star Kevin De Bruyne. After watching Jeremy Doku mark his second appearance for Belgium national team with a superb goal in the 5-1 win against Iceland, the Premier League gaffer could not hide his admiration for the wonderkid.

Jeremy Doku is only 18 years old but he left Anderlecht to the French Ligue 1 outfit for a £25 million fee to make him one of the most expensive teenagers in the game. His move to Rennes also means he will be playing in the Champions League and his value could further increase.

Liverpool saw the talent in Jeremy Doku and wanted to make a move for him alongside Newcastle United but he was more concerned about his development and playing time than a move to the Premier League.
“I choose Rennes because it was the best project that presented itself to me.

“Ligue 1 is a higher league (than in Belgium). We play in the Champions League too. I have to take new steps. More will be expected with my new club, that’s for sure, but it’s up to me to prove my talent” he said

Manager Jurgen Klopp has sees Jeremy Doku as the new Sadio Mane but he cannot promise the youngster a regular first-team football at Anfield with the talents at the club.

Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.