I started a PhD project in Europe. However, as the project was going in a direction quite different from what I had expected, I spoke to my supervisor and converted it into a research position for a year. In Europe one does not get to change topics in a PhD as one is technically a temporary employee for a fixed research topic. I am now applying to PhD programs in the United States. Leaving a PhD project is generally looked down upon, but I do want to tell my future supervisor these things. I have 2 options to do so-
Option 1 - Mention all this in my Statement of Purpose. This might be risky as every individual has a different way of interpreting the written word.
Option 2- Mention this in my Statement of Purpose as a research project and if I manage to get an interview. Mention this verbally (online).
Which one shall be looked at as a better option ?