Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has committed his future to the Merseyside club, after his agent confirmed that he turned down the chance to join Inter Milan.
The Sun report that the Slovakian’s time at Anfield appeared to be coming to an end after he rejected a new deal earlier in the summer. However, his agent revealed that after speaking with the Serie A side, he decided to stay put.
“I confess that there were not mere rumours, the interest from Inter was real. The deal did not go ahead, but there was contact made,” Karol Csonto said.
“The player had been thinking about his future and eventually opted to remain at Liverpool,” he added.
The news that the stalwart centre-back will be staying in England will be music to Brendan Rodgers’ ears as he looks to rebuild his side. Having lost Glen Johnson and more importantly Steven Gerrard, the Northern Irishman’s squad will be crying out for experience as they try to get back towards challenging for a place in the Premier League’s top four.
And his role in the team will arguably hold much more responsibility as a cluster of young defenders appear to be on their way.
The Guardian report that a £3.5m deal has been agreed for Charlton prospect Joe Gomez, while Southampton’s Nathaniel Clyne has reportedly decided that he would prefer a move to Liverpool over Manchester United (via The Sun).
And with the likes of Tiago Ilori and Brad Smith knocking on the first-team door, having Skrtel around will certainly make the transition from last season’s disappointment slightly easier.