Martin Skrtel slams Liverpool contract offer as ‘unacceptable’

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has slammed the club for their latest contract offer, labelling it “unacceptable”, according to the Daily Mirror.

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The Slovakian international has just a year left on his on his current deal, with reports suggesting that the club are in talks to extend his stay.

But in a stunning tirade, he has claimed that their latest offering is suitable only for “older players or players with health problems.”

Speaking with media in his native Slovakia, the 20-year-old said: “It’s unacceptable for me.

“I think that contracts like this offered to players who are much older than me or the player who had some health problems.

“The contract which has been offered to me is unacceptable, so I did not sign it. I have one year left and there has been some speculation about the interest from other clubs. We will see what happens.”

After securing the likes of Jordan Henderson, Philippe Coutinho and Jordon Ibe to new deals earlier in the campaign, Skrtel’s deal is the latest contract wrangle to drag out, alongside Raheem Sterling.

Last month he saw his name linked with moves to both Inter Milan and Wolfsburg, but quickly batted away the speculation surrounding his future by suggesting that he wants to stay put.

“There is always talk about my position and my future,” said the defender.

“Almost every single transfer window there is always talk about myself leaving Liverpool and interest from other clubs.

“But as it stands, I still have a contract with Liverpool, I have an offer from Liverpool and we’ll see where we finish (with those talks).

“I am fully committed to Liverpool.”

Skrtel also admitted that the club fell well short of expectations last season, having missed out on making the cut for the Champions League next term.

“We failed because we did not meet the targets we have set,” he added.

“If we finish in fifth or sixth, it does not matter, we would still not qualified for the Champions League.

“The significant factor was the exit of Luis Suarez [to Barcelona last summer] and too many errors on the field. The squad was big enough.

“New players arrived and it is not always easy to acclimatize with the new club, so the first half of the season was difficult. The second part has been improved, but the conclusion was we did not reach our targets.”

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