Steven Gerrard opens up about his move to LA Galaxy.

‘I haven’t come over here for a holiday, I want to win more medals’

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has opened up about his future move to LA Galaxy, saying that he is not moving to the US for a ‘holiday’ but to continue winning silverware.

The 34-year-old’s July move to the reigning MLS champions was confirmed by their coach Bruce Arena on Wednesday in an interview with the LA Times. Gerrard, who has agreed an 18-month contract – worth £3.9million a year, has described the transfer as a ‘match made in heaven’.

In a video interview on the official LA Galaxy website, the former England captain revealed the reasons he chose to leave Anfield to experience a new challenge in the US while insisting he still has plenty more to give as a player.

Steven Gerrard discusses his future move in a video interview with LA Galaxy

Steven Gerrard discusses his future move in a video interview with LA Galaxy

The Liverpool captain insists he has not moved to the MLS for a 'holiday' but to continue winning medals

The Liverpool captain insists he has not moved to the MLS for a ‘holiday’ but to continue winning medals

LA Lakers basketball superstar Kobe Bryant also gave an interview to welcome Gerrard to 'LA LA Land'

LA Lakers basketball superstar Kobe Bryant also gave an interview to welcome Gerrard to ‘LA LA Land’

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LA GALAXY HONOURS

MLS Cup Winners (5): 2002, 2005, 2011, 2012, 2014

MLS Supporters’ Shield Winners (4): 1998, 2002, 2010, 2011

MLS Western Conference Winners (Playoffs) (9): 1996, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014

Winners (Regular Season) (8): 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2009, 2010, 2011

What Gerrard could look like for LA Galaxy in MLS in our mocked-up picture

What Gerrard could look like for LA Galaxy in MLS in our mocked-up picture

‘It’s the right time for a new challenge, a fresh challenge at this point of my life and an exciting one too. I’m going to be moving to the most successful team in the US. I’ve watched a lot of their games and I also know a few of the players that have been there and sampled it and I’ve heard great things about it so for this stage of my career I believe the timing is right to move on,’ he said.

‘I still feel like a player, I still feel like I can perform for a number of years so I want to go to a club with a winning mentality – a team that is used to winning but also a team that’s got people within it that want to win in the future.’

‘Football is my life and will continue to be for a couple of years. I’m not going over here for a holiday or to enjoy myself. I am going over here to win and if I win and play well then my life becomes more enjoyable,’ he added.

Gerrard revealed that the LA lifestyle was also a lure for him and his family, but admitted it will be a challenge to adapt to a new environment after spending his entire career on Merseyside.

‘The big challenge is going to be settling in, I’ve lived in Liverpool all my life. I’m a Scouser through and through. I love my City. I love my roots.

‘But, you only get one life, it’s important to try different things and experiences and it’s also a big ting for my children too – to take them out of their comfort zone and give them experiences that will hopefully help them develop as humans as well.’

The Reds icon admitted that he was a 'Scouser through and through' and would have to adapt to a new lifestyle

The Reds icon admitted that he was a ‘Scouser through and through’ and would have to adapt to a new lifestyle

Gerrard has guaranteed LA Galaxy supporters that they can expect 100 per cent commitment

Gerrard has guaranteed LA Galaxy supporters that they can expect 100 per cent commitment

Gerrard assured Liverpool fans that his departure will not spell the end of his relationship with the club

Gerrard assured Liverpool fans that his departure will not spell the end of his relationship with the club

Before that challenge begins, Gerrard insists he is fully committed to Liverpool’s cause this season while sending a message to Anfield supporters that his departure does not spell an end to his relationship with the club.

‘It’s perfect timing for this new challenge. I’m really exciited and looking forward to it but I’ve still got a few things I’ve got to try and achieve before I go so my focus is on that. There will be plenty of time to get excited at the end of the season about the new move.

‘My message to Liverpool fans, I owe them a lot. It’s been a privilege to play for them and represent them for all these years and I will continue to do that until the end of the season and I can promise them I will give eveything I have got within to try and bring success this season.

‘And hopefully come back – that’s the message, my relationship with Liverpool doesn’t end in the summer. In fact it will never end.’

FULL TRANSCRIPT OF GERRARD’S FIRST INTERVIEW WITH LA GALAXY

My next team is going to be La Galaxy. I’m really excited for a new challenge in my life – that’s the team I will join at the end of the season.

Their pursuing me was very aggressive. The talks Ive had with them are very positive, they basically told me what I wanted to hear. They told me about the winning mentality of the club, their aims and what their goals are for the future and it basically suits me at this stage of my career so I will be hopefully going over there to win some medals and finish my career over there.

There’s obviously a bonus of where the LA Galaxy are locateed as well. That will be nice for my family to come out of our comfort zone and try something different. It’s really exciting both on and off the pitch but the most important thing is that I go there and it’s a success on the pitch and then hopefully I can enjoy it off the pitch as well.

The big challenge is going to be settling in, I’ve lived in Liverpool all my life. I’m a Scouser through and through. I love my City. I love my roots. But, you only get one life, it’s important to try different things and experiences and it’s also a big thing for my children too – to take them out of their comfort zone and give them experiences that will hopefully help them develop as humans as well.

It’s perfect timing for this new challenge. I’m really excited and looking forward to it, but I’ve still got a few things that I’ve got to try and achieve before I go so my focus is on that. There will be plenty of time to get excited at the end of the season about the new move.

It’s the right time for a new challenge, a fresh challenge at this point of my life and an exciting one too. I’m going to be moving to the most successful team in the US. I’ve watched a lot of their games and I also know a few of the players that have been there and sampled it and I’ve heard great things about it so for this stage of my career I believe the timing is right to move on.

I still feel like a player, I still feel like I can perform for a number of years so I want to go to a club with a winning mentality – a team that is used to winning but also a team that’s got people within there that want to win in the future.

I know the players have got a winning mentality, they’ve proved it over a number of years. Having spoken to the manager, Bruce Arena, and also the people above him – they’re very aggressive and they want success and that’s what I want. That’s how I want to finish my career so they are the reasons that I chose LA Galaxy.

I’d like to think I’ve got the same attitude as the people that have tried to make this signing happen – the manager, the CEO and the owner – they all seem to me to be like winners and that is how I see myself.

I’m very professional and go about my work to a good standard on a daily basis. I like to try and find consistency. I hope I can go there and play my part and contribute to help bring more silverware to this team.

What I can guarantee is that I will go there and work hard and I will make sacrifices and be dedicated to perform at a consistent level and hopefully play my part in success for this team.

Football is my life and will continue to be for a couple of years. I’m not going over here for a holiday or to enjoy myself. I am going over here to win and if I win and play well then my life becomes more enjoyable.

My message to Liverpool fans, I owe them a lot. It’s been a privilege to play for them and represent them for all these years and I will continue to do that until the end of the season and I can promise them I will give everything I have got within to try and bring success this season. And hopefully come back – that’s the message, my relationship with Liverpool doesn’t end in the summer. In fact it will never end.

For the new team I am going to, I will come over there with the same attitude which 110 per cent every day – be professional, makes sacrifices and try and contribute. I like to think I’m a team player and I will play my part to try and help the team.

 

 

 

 

Source : Daily Mail

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