Norweigan wants to stay in Serie A.
Roma wide-man John Arne Riise has hit back at newspaper reports claiming the Norwegian had asked to return to former club Liverpool.
The 29-year-old made more than 200 league appearances for the Merseysiders from 2001-08 – netting 21 times – before leaving for the Eternal City.
However, the left-back – who can operate as an attacking midfielder – has struggled to establish himself as a regular in the Italian capital.
And as a result, speculation surfaced linking the Norway stalwart – who has 84 caps for his country – with a swift exit from the Stadio Olimpico, with the News of the World claiming that Riise had specifically requested a move back to Anfield.
However, the player has since angrily denied the reports.
“I never said I wanted to return to Liverpool and I never made those statements,” he said.
“I am settled here in Rome and I want to stay.” (Four Four Two)
I miss John Arne Riise and I am sure I am not the only one. Yes he had his faults but he more than made up for them with sterling effort and no shortage of 30 yard screamers. It seems he has put the kibosh on any potential return but then I don’t think any of us thought there was much likelihood of him returning anyway.
Clearly we have some issues on the left hand side of the park. Emiliano Insua is trying his hardest but has too many average performances and ahead of him we have no real solid solution. Yossi Benayoun in my view is far more effective when in a roving role rather than forced out on either flank. Albert Riera hasn’t proved himself at the club and Ryan Babel is living on borrowed time.
The Fulham result was appalling and it does seem that Rafa is living a charmed life at the club and honestly he may be 90 minutes from leaving the club. I hope we can get ourselves out of this nosedive and hopefully we can do it sooner rather than later. If we lose in Lyon we are more of less dead in the water and can look forward to a stint in the UEFA Cup to go with a forlorn hope of making up ground in the Premier League.