Ilkay Gundogan has revealed that he turned down Liverpool because he wanted to leave his memories of Borussia Dortmund in the past.
The German was heavily linked with a move to Anfield before eventually opting to join Pep Guardiola at City in 2016.
“I believe in challenges in life and I always try to challenge myself first of all,” Gundogan told FantasyPL.
“I feel like if I don’t challenge myself and get out of my comfort zone, I’m not going to change anything and won’t improve.
“So I had a great four years with Jurgen and I love him as a person and a manager but I felt it was time for something else.
“I wanted to leave Dortmund in Dortmund and didn’t want to think about the time I had with him when I was joining a new club. That was a bit of the reason why I didn’t want to join Liverpool.”