Bobby Duncan explains Liverpool transfer regret in statement after Derby County move


The former Liverpool forward left the Reds to join Fiorentina in 2019

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Duncan released a statement on Friday evening reflecting on the "incorrect and unnecessary" steps he took when leaving the Reds.

The youngster posted a message on his Instagram account after sealing a move to Derby County earlier today.

"I am delighted to have signed for Derby County Football Club," the 19-year-old wrote.

"I would like to thank Manchester City, Liverpool & AFC Fiorentina for the parts they have all played in my development to date and for the [f]ootballing & life experiences they have each granted me.

"I took the move to Italy with only one thing as a priority, to try and develop further as a [f]ootballer.

"The way in which the last transfer was facilitated was incorrect & unnecessary and has all proved to be a very big learning experience for me as a player and as a person.

"My intent has always been to develop. Now I have returned to England with an accumulation of experiences under my belt and am without doubt a better player and stronger person for it.

"It is time for my [f]ootball to do the talking. I am very excited by the opportunity presented to me at Derby County and will give absolutely everything to the club moving forward."

Duncan will join up with former Manchester United and Everton frontman Wayne Rooney at Pride Park in the hope of gaining some regular experience of first-team football.

The England youngster whose future looked incredibly bright during his time at Liverpool, caused controversy in August last year when his desire to leave Anfield was made public in an incendiary social media post from agent Saif Rubie - who he split with in January this year.

Rubie took a swipe at Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards and claimed the player had "suffered some deep mental health issues with all the stress the club has put him under" after the Reds turned down an initial approach from Fiorentina.

Liverpool, who strongly denied the allegations, ultimately reached an agreement with the Italian side a few days later for a £1.8million fee with a 20% sell-on clause included in the terms.

Manager Phillip Cocu has handed Duncan, who is the cousin of Reds legend and Rangers boss Steven Gerrard, a three-year deal following his transfer from Fiorentina which was announced on Friday afternoon.

Though, at this time the fee for  the transfer is undisclose.

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