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Steven Gerrard: I turned down nice offers in Europe to play with LA Galaxy

Published 04/07/2015 | 18:14

Alex and Steven Gerrard at The Ivy in LA. Picture: Alex Gerrard/Twitter
Alex and Steven Gerrard at The Ivy in LA. Picture: Alex Gerrard/Twitter

Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard admits he turned down a "couple of nice opportunities" to move to a club in Europe in order to pursue a new challenge with the Los Angeles Galaxy.

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The 35-year-old will be presented to his new club's fans at half-time of today's Major League Soccer game against Toronto.

He will then publicly don Galaxy kit for the first time in an open training session on Tuesday, with his debut pencilled in for July 17 at home to San Jose Earthquakes.

Former England captain Gerrard is looking forward to a fresh start after admitting he wanted a new challenge. "I had some nice opportunities around Europe, but I wanted a completely fresh challenge, to come out of my comfort zone, live away from home and get a different life experience and choose a place where my family can enjoy themselves and settle," he said.

Gerrard has had to counter accusations he will have an easy life in MLS having played so long in the Premier League, but he is determined not to allow his personal standards to slip.

"I've been working really hard alone to make sure my physical condition is still good and to make sure I still have my strength because when I turn up at Los Angeles I want to be ready to go," he said.

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