The former Chelsea midfielder admits that refusing the chance was a difficult one, but that ultimately he felt he would be letting down Marseille if he was to leave.
“I thought about it for more than two seconds, I won’t lie to you. Believe me. It’s not every day Liverpool come knocking on your door. But I had given my word here. I had a year left on my contract and committed myself to staying, giving my promise to the president, the fans and the players.”