Ragnar Klavan has revealed he sought recommendation from his former Liverpool teammates previous to agreeing to affix Cagliari on the ultimate day of the Serie A switch window.
The 32-year-old left Anfield after making 53 appearances over two years for the Reds following the January arrival of Virgil van Dijk and emergence of Joe Gomez, who’ve began the season as first selection.
Klavan was neglected of the Liverpool squad for the opening day win over West Ham United and accomplished his transfer to Cagliari final Friday because the Italian switch window ready to slam shut.
He has signed a two-year deal having agreed a £2m transfer and got here to the choice to maneuver to Serie A after talking with these Liverpool gamers who’ve beforehand utilized their commerce in the Italian high flight.
‘Cagliari was the absolute best selection, regardless of the various different presents on the desk,” he advised the media based on Football Italia.
‘I spoke to a few of my teammates who performed in Italy and they undoubtedly advisable it. I used to be additionally in contact with (fellow new Cagliari signing Darijo) Srna via Dejan Lovren.
‘I at all times wished to play in Serie A, probably the greatest leagues in the world. I used to be lucky to play on the high degree and that is one other nice problem for me.
‘The negotiations happened very quickly, it went from first contact to signing in two days. I believe in the Cagliari project and was won over by the city and the island of Sardinia.’
Liverpool have three gamers in their senior ranks who’ve had spells in Italy, with Mohamed Salah and Alisson Becker taking part in for Roma whereas Xherdan Shaqiri spent an ill-fated six months with Inter Milan.
The trio are due to this fact prone to have performed a main role in Klavan shifting to the Sardegna Arena, the fifth everlasting exit from Anfield this summer time.
Though Klavan will hope to have extra of an impression in Italy than he did with Liverpool he nonetheless labels his spell in England as ‘extraordinary’.
‘I grew up idolising Paolo Maldini, who was always so calm with the ball at his feet,’ the Estonia worldwide added.
‘I feel that is a vital a part of my sport too. I see myself as a full defender, I prefer to play the ball.
“Clearly, my expertise with Liverpool was extraordinary, however Cagliari remind me of once I went to Augsburg.
‘When I arrived, we were a lower-mid-table team, but in the third season we qualified for the Europa League and came fifth in the Bundesliga. Everything is possible.’
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