Rasmus Elm, who rejected Liverpool in 2012, released by CSKA and could retire with 'serious' illness

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The 26-year-old midfielder is back in his native Sweden receiving treatment for his unknown stomach problem.

Back in the summer of 2012 Liverpool made a move to sign the impressive Swedish international midfielder Rasmus Elm from Dutch outfit AZ Alkmaar. The club moved to scout the player and then made an approach for his services but it was too late, as he had already agreed a move in principle to join Russian outfit CSKA Moscow.

Upon completing his move to CSKA he spoke about the Liverpool interest, insisting he was happy to be at CSKA:

"I certainly had a couple of other offers but CSKA seemed like the best option.

"Regarding Liverpool, they are a obviously a very famous club, but as a city I definitely prefer Moscow more."

http://www.itv.com/sport/football/article/2012-08-06/elm-moscow-better-than-liverpool/

Over the past few years team's have continued to regulate his progress with Liverpool linked as well as MAnchester United and Everton.

But in a terrible twist it looks as though the career of this gifted 26-year-old may have come to a premature end.

Elm has not played a game since May after struggling with a mystery illness and yesterday he was released from his contract six months early by CSKA so he could continue recovering from the problem in Sweden.

It was first reported in November by CSKA president Yevgeni Giner that he had a stomach condition which was seriously effecting his ability to play the game, and that his career was at threat:

"Elm is seriously ill. He is not able to train and he's staying in Sweden. As soon as he exerts himself, he has bleeding in his stomach.

"The chances are that he will never play again. Of the ten footballers who have this disease, about nine do not play any more.

"He is at risk of dying if he continues playing football."

He missed several months of action whilst an AZ player because of a mystery illness, it now appears as though this was the issue then as well. Rumours are circulating he may join former club Kalmar in Sweden on non-contract terms while doctors try to discover a way that he can play whilst carrying the currently undisclosed medical condition.

But there is a very real threat that the career of this one time Liverpool, Everton and Manchester United target could be over - just a little over two years after he rejected a move to the Premier League.

Get well soon Rasmus.

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