Liverpool signing Duran: Arsenal wanted to sign me

Duran told “The week before I signed I started seeing news in Spanish newspapers saying there were a number of Spanish teams, among them Zaragoza, interested. There were also a couple of English teams – Arsenal amongst them.

“Anyway, I got a call from Eduardo Macia at Liverpool after a Sunday night match. Eduardo tipped me off that on the Monday Liverpool would be making an official offer. The offer was not to Malaga, as I didn’t have a binding contract with them. The offer was to me. I came here on the Tuesday, a day before the transfer deadline.

“Apart from the fact they are one of the biggest teams in football history, it helped that there are so many Spanish-speaking players and staff here. It’s like having a little part of Spain right here in England. I also chose England over Spain because I think young players get more chances over here.”