Pedro Chirivella has rejected a new five-year Liverpool contract to sign for French club Nantes.
The Ligue 1 club announced on their social media channels today that the Spaniard, 23, has agreed to join them when his Reds deal expires at the end of this month.
A recruitment source has told Football Insider that Chirivella has opted to leave Liverpool despite being offered a new deal running until 2025.
That was a huge statement of faith from the Merseysiders given the central midfielder has never moved beyond the fringes during his seven years at the club.
But Chirivella has opted to take advantage of his free agent status to move to a team where he can be expected to play regularly.
Nantes finished 13th in the prematurely-terminated Ligue 1 this season and have beaten a number of sides to sign him, as reported by Football Insider last month.
Chirivella could potentially play again for Liverpool when the season resumes next week.
But that seems unlikely, with the club playing just twice – against Everton and Crystal Palace – before his contract expires.
Chirivella took advantage of Liverpool’s congested programme earlier in the season to make six cup appearances for the first team.
He was described by the club’s former Under-23s coach Neil Critchley as “incredible” and “unbelievable” in those matches.
Yet, five years since his debut, Chirivella has still only accumulated 11 first-team appearances, only one of which has come in the Premier League.
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