A player said to have attracted interest from both Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool has made some very interesting comments about English football.
As reported by the latter, Konoplyanka was heavily linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur or Liverpool for much of the last two years, but when he did ultimately leave Dnipro he headed to Spain rather than England.
Konoplyanka is predominantly a left winger, although he can play on the opposite flank if required, and he left Dnipro having scored 45 goals and provided 37 assists in 210 games.
Since moving to Sevilla the 25-year-old has already scored three goals in seven matches, but his latest comments suggest he never had any real intention of joining Tottenham, Liverpool or any other English club, despite previous reports to the contrary.
“If I was two-and-a-half metres tall and didn’t know how to control a ball then I may have gone to England, but here (in Spain) the football’s more technical,” Konoplyanka said.
Tottenham certainly did not miss out by having to look elsewhere, with the addition of Heung-Min Son proving to be a masterstroke while Erik Lamela is finally showing his worth for the club.
As for Liverpool, they could have done with the Ukraine international to add more experience to their side and width to allow Christian Benteke to thrive, but that was not to be.