Ex-Liverpool star, who worked with Carragher in defence, found himself unemployed after being sacked by the Championship club aged 32

Former Liverpool star Daniel Ayala will remain unemployed after his contract with Blackburn expires.

The Spanish defender is set to be sacked by the Championship club after three years at Ewood Park.

Daniel Ayala is released by Blackburn


Daniel Ayala is released by BlackburnPhoto credit: Getty
He played five Premier League games for Liverpool


He played five Premier League games for LiverpoolPhoto credit: Getty

Ayala joined the Lancashire club in 2020 after seven years at Middlesbrough.

But before joining Boro he worked for Nottingham Forest, Norwich City, Derby County, Hull City and Liverpool.

He made five Premier League appearances for the Reds and made his debut as a substitute in a 2-1 defeat by Tottenham in 2009.

He played the full 90 minutes for the club twice, both games ending in 4-0 wins.

During this time he played alongside club legends such as Jamie Carragher, Fernando Torres, Javier Mascherano and Steven Gerrard.

Ayala had joined the Anfield side as a youngster from Sevilla academy but failed to fulfill his potential at the club, which led to his exit.

The now 32-year-old defender will be looking for a new club following his release from Blackburn.

He talked about his time with the Rovers club media: “It’s really a bittersweet moment.”


“I’ve been very happy here for the last three years and part of me wanted to stay because it’s a great club, with great fans and great staff, but I know it’s part of football and I have to keep going.”

“I’ve had some really happy times here but also some bad moments, particularly due to some injuries which have prevented me from playing as many games as I wanted and maybe showing a little bit more of what I can do.”

“It’s been really frustrating to have missed the play-offs for the last two seasons because I can see the team has enough to get there.”

“For one reason or another we just didn’t make it, but the club are in a great position to challenge again, with a great manager, a great group of players and real cohesion and I really believe they will.” can do it.”

Blackburn fell short of a playoff spot this season despite a thrilling 4-3 win over Millwall at The Den on the final day.


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