Liverpool star Martin Skrtel has slammed reports that he had agreed a contract extension with the club and blamed them on a fake Facebook page, reports the Daily Express.
The 30-year-old has been in the midst of negotiations over a new deal, having just one year left on his current contract. The defender has been shocked by the offers though, even calling them ‘unacceptable’ at one point.
The Express believes that this is because the Reds are offering their player a deal based on playing time after a series of injuries, which is surprising for a player of his age. Also, having played 48 times last season it also seems unnecessary.
Skrtel said: “I have my own profile on Facebook. I use it for communication with my fans and I operate it through the agency Stars and Friends. I strongly disavow the profile on which the false information was published. I have not created the profile and I do not have a clue who the administrator is.”
This comes after Sky Sports had reported that the centre-back had agreed to stay at the club for the long-term.
His agent Karol Csonto has also stepped in to deny the stories that the defender was set for the exit door, and even gave the Anfield faithful some hope that one of their star players will be staying beyond this summer. It does seem that such a deal will be forthcoming.
He said: “At the moment I can confirm that we are negotiating the matter with the club, but we have not signed the contract yet. We will inform fans and media when it happens.”
With Inter Milan among the teams supposedly interested in the Slovakia international, manager Brendan Rodgers will need to tie him down soon.
This isn’t the only contract saga going on at the Merseyside club, with Raheem Sterling another who has felt undervalued in offers from the side. The Guardian has reported that the England international has turned down a £100,000 offer from the club hierarchy, and it is starting to look more and more likely that a move away will be happening this summer.