Emre Can’s comments from 2018 have come back to haunt him after Liverpool won the Premier League on Thursday.
The German represented Liverpool from 2014 to 2018 before he let his contract run down and joined Juventus on a free.
Can initially kept his cards close to his chest, and failed to explain why he was so keen to part company with a Liverpool team clearly heading in a positive direction under Jurgen Klopp.
But eventually he broke his silence, and revealed his motivation behind the move was his desire to win titles.
“I had a lot of offers from very good teams,” Can told the Liverpool Echo.
“I decided to come to Juventus because I think the project here is very big. They have very big aims. I want to be part of the project here.
“I am really happy to be here. I know how Juventus play, I watched a lot of the games last season. One of my biggest idols was Zidane who played here too.
“My first manager when I started to play football was a huge Juventus fan. When I was six or seven he told me that one day I’d play for Juventus. Now I am here and it’s a cool story.
“The club had good contact with my agent for many years. I just know how huge the club is and the mentality of the club – they want to win titles. That’s my mentality too. I came here to win titles.
“I think the first target has to be to win Serie A and then comes the Champions League. That has to be our aim. I am here to help the team.”
Of course, Juventus won Serie A in Can’s first season, but the Old Lady have managed to achieve this every year since 2012.
The Italian club’s main ambition is to win the Champions League, which they last managed to do in 1996. Meanwhile, Liverpool succeeded in winning the European competition a year after Can’s departure.
Can was then deemed surplus to requirements at Juventus and sent on loan to Dortmund, who later made the transfer permanent.
At Dortmund the German now has even less chance of winning a title or the Champions League, while Liverpool won the Premier League for the very first time this campaign.
Can isn’t alone in wanting out in Liverpool in 2018 in order to win titles.
Philippe Coutinho had his eye on big trophies when he left Merseyside for a new life in Barcelona, and perhaps also should have stayed put.
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