Joao Carlos Teixeira has confirmed he’s rejected a new deal with Liverpool after agreeing a “dream” move back to Portugal with FC Porto.
The 23-year-old midfielder, who will return to his homeland on a free transfer after four years at Anfield, has signed a deal until 2020 with the Portuguese giants.
Teixeira was always likely to quit Anfield this summer following his desire to play regular first-team football and despite the Reds’ offer of a new deal, the player has confirmed Porto have won the race for his signature.
“I am from the north and to wear blue and white has always been a dream for me,” Teixeira said.
“Now I can work at my club in my region and my country.
“I had other offers but do not want anything other than to wear blue and white.”
Teixeira started his career at Braga and later played for Sporting Lisbon before Liverpool signed him for £850,000 in 2012.
The Portugal Under-21s international progressed from the Kirkby Academy to Melwood and made his senior Reds debut against Fulham at Craven Cottage in February 2014. He went on to make eight first-team appearances and scored one goal – against Exeter City in the FA Cup back in January.
However, with his opportunities limited under Jurgen Klopp, Teixeira decided the time was right to move on.