Some players can’t take a hint!
Rafa Benitez’s summer transfer plans could be frustrated by players keen to kickstart their stalled Anfield careers.
The Reds boss was hoping to generate funds in the close season by offloading fringe players like Andriy Voronin and Andrea Dossena.
But after yesterday’s announcement by Voronin that he intends to return to “conquer the Premier League, Dossena’s agent has now claimed his client is happy to stay and fight for his place.
The defender was widely expected to return to Serie A, with Juventus his most likely suitors.
But agent Roberto La Florio said: “I have not met (Juventus sporting director) Alessio Secco and I don’t have an appointment set up with him in the near future.
“At this time I don’t know if Dossena will join Juventus.
“In any case the lad (Dossena) is also happy at Liverpool.”
The Source: (Liverpool Echo)
It seems Rafa may have a harder time than at first thought when it came to some much needed squad clearing. Andrea Dossena may well have a future at Liverpool now that Fabio Aurelio has managed to injure himself whilst playing football with his kids but surely Andriy Voronin must be able to take a hint.
The Ukrainian is clearly not part of Benitez’s plans but at the same time he won’t just take any old bid for the attacker as on his day he can be quite decent as he proved at Hertha Berlin last season. The urgency with which the club acts to sell some of these bit part players is of course dictated by whether the club needs the boss to sell in order to buy and if that isn’t the case then the club can take their time but if the Anfield manager is restricted by financial constraints then these players who are still at the club but have no future, such as Charles Itandje for instance, may well cause a headache.
Dossena/Voronin to stay at Liverpool: Andrea may have had a reprieve but surely Andriy is set to leave!