Marseille boss Didier Deschamps has revealed that he had two reasons for turning down the chance to manage Liverpool in the summer.
The French international was approached to replace Rafa Benitez, who went to Inter Milan, but turned down the offer to manage at Anfield.
Deschamps said he was flattered by the approach, but turned down the chance because of the timing of the move, and because he had already given his word to Marseille.
Deschamps, who won 103 caps for Les Blues, had one year left on his Marseille contract, and had promised he would see it out.
Speaking to The Sun, he said, “I was immensely flattered to receive Liverpool’s offer but there are two principal reasons that made me stay at Marseille.”
“I thought about it for more than two seconds, I won’t lie to you. Believe me. It’s not every day Liverpool come knocking on your door.
“It was not an easy decision, I tell you, not easy. But I had given my word here.
“I had a year left on my contract and committed myself to staying, giving my promise to the president, the fans and the players.
“There were players who came here for me. Then Liverpool’s offer came two days before we started pre-season at the end of June.
“As I am a man of my word, I couldn’t do it.
“At the same time we also had the controversy of the French team at the World Cup