In a summer when plenty of names have already come through the door, it is the news that Martin Skrtel has rejected a move away from Liverpool, and signed a new contract that will be one of the most pleasing deals that Brendan Rodgers will complete during this transfer window.
The Daily Express report that the defender has turned down the chance to join Inter Milan, and has instead signed a new three-year deal.
He confirmed that it was never his intention to leave, and any suggestion that he was heading for the exit was just speculation.
“I have been going somewhere every single transfer window but I can say I am happy because I am staying at Liverpool and they were always my first choice,” he said.
“Liverpool are one of the biggest clubs in the world in my eyes and I was always dreaming about playing in England and for a big club like Liverpool and my dream came true.
“Inter Milan are a big club but to my mind Liverpool are bigger,” he added.
After a disappointing campaign last time out – where the Reds’ late-season slump destroyed their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League – Skrtel revealed that the signings that have already been made, give him confidence that the Merseyside outfit can improve.
“I have to say all the players that have come into the team so far this summer have all been quality players and I have been very impressed,” he explained.
“I hope we will be stronger and play better football than last season,” the Slovakian insisted.
While he has been one of the most consistent and reliable players since his move from Zenit St Petersburg in 2008, his performances were called into question at times last season. He played the entirety of the 6-1 drubbing at the hands of Stoke on the final day of the Premier League season, so still has plenty to prove.
However, his developing partnership with Mamadou Sakho would suggest that they can develop a spine that helps the Reds save many points in the future.
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