Norwegian sensation Andreas Schjelderup has had his say on the difficult decision not to seal a move to Liverpool when he had the opportunity.
The 17-year-old attacking midfielder looks a hugely exciting youngster and will surely be one to watch in the seasons to come.
He has already snubbed the chance to move to the Reds and Andreas spoke to Goal about why he decided it is not time for a transfer like that just yet.
It seems he was told that it was a bit soon for him to be signing for such a big club and it sounds like he will probably get another opportunity in the future.
The rising star insists he feels content with his choice to carry on featuring and developing for the time being.
“Of course, it was a bit hard (turning down Liverpool), because when you grow up, you watch the big names and then you hear that they want you, so your head starts to spin,” Schjelderup said.
“But I got a lot of help from my father and agents, who helped me make the right decision. It hurt a little bit for me and my dad in our hearts (not to join Liverpool), but the move here was instead of going to an academy at Under-19 or Under-17 level.
“It felt like this step in the ocean was the right one for me. I was in the Under-19s team when I got started, but I knew when I was ready that I could take a step up to the first team.
“But at the club, they said they didn’t expect me to get there this quick! I planned to do it sooner than they thought, and my plan worked.
“Of course, maybe I can go to a big team in the future. In the long run, for me, this was the best step. When I am ready, I will take the next step.”