Iago Aspas accepts he has no future at Liverpool, as he plans to sign a permanent contract to stay at Sevilla for many years to come.
On the back of a couple of impressive campaigns with Celta Vigo, in which he scored 34 goals in 69 league appearances, Aspas clinched a move to Anfield in the summer of 2013 when Brendan Rodgers paid around £8million for his signature. However, the forward failed to make a positive impression in England, scoring just once in 15 appearances in all competitions.
At the end of the season the Reds were happy to let the 27-year-old return to his homeland with Sevilla, who secured his services on a year-long loan with the option to make the move permanent this summer. Aspas has gone on to score 10 goals in 24 matches for Los Rojiblancos, including two Copa del Rey hat-tricks, and hopes to help them defend their UEFA Europa League.
It is clear that Rodgers has no plans for the player at Liverpool, just as it is that the former Celta man is willing to accept defeat in England and commit to Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. And speaking ahead of their trip to Italy to face Fiorentina in the second-leg of their semi-final, Aspas claims a deal to the La Liga club will soon be finalised and he plans to spend many a year in Seville.
“I came here on a loan deal with an option to buy,” Aspas told ESPN. “I am a Sevilla player for next season. I will sit down and talk to the club in the coming days, or when the season ends. But it is an open secret. The transfer [fee] is to be paid this summer. I am very happy at Sevilla, they received me with open arms, and I hope to keep paying them back for many years.”
Was Iago Aspas given a fair chance during his brief time at Liverpool, or is the Spaniard simply not suited to the demands of the Premier League?