MOISES CAICEDO has lifted the lid on the phone call that convinced him to snub Liverpool in favour of Chelsea.
The Ecuadorian international was the subject of a transfer tug-of-war between the two sides.
Jurgen Klopp's outfit had agreed a £110million deal with Brighton only for Caicedo to reject personal terms with them before Chelsea eventually completed the deal for a Premier League record of £115m.
After a tricky start Caicedo has settled into the Blues midfield, appearing 12 times so far this season under Mauricio Pochettino.
And he has now revealed how a phone call with Argentina World Cup winner and fellow Blues midfielder Enzo Fernandez convinced him to head to Stamford Bridge over Anfield.
Speaking on Sky Sport's Big Interview alongside Fernandez, he said: "It was a nice chat. I mean, the fact that a world champion was phoning you, one of the best midfielders in the world.
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"Receiving that call was very nice and he convinced me to come here.
The 22-year-old continued: "He said it was a great club, that there are many young players, there was a togetherness here.
"I have always enjoyed the bond in a team because I think that, if there is that bond, we can deal with any situation we may face: pressure, everything. So, that's what motivated me to come here.
"Now, I'm enjoying playing alongside him, in training as well, in rondos.
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"We are always together. So, I'm very happy and I'm trying to do things better every day, as Enzo said, to be a good example for everyone at the club."
Fernandez, who signed for Chelsea for £106m the January before Caicedo joined, is thankful that he was able to convince him to join.
He said: "I called and told him that he had to accept and come because Chelsea is a great and ambitious club.
"And I have to thank God for giving me the chance to play alongside him at Chelsea because we all know the great player he is, but he is also a fantastic person, so I'm thankful he chose Chelsea."
The pair are likely to line up together against Manchester City tomorrow.
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