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Reds ace wants to quit Anfield

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Alberto Aquilani says he will not return to Liverpool after his loan spell at Juventus.

The Italian cost the Anfield club almost £20 million when he signed from AS Roma last summer, but a string of injuries saw him restricted to a handful of games during his debut season.

A new campaign offered fresh hope for the 26-year-old but his immediate future was thrown into doubt after the appointment of Roy Hodgson as the new Reds boss.

"For Aquilani, this year it is very important that he plays regular football every week as the number one man on the team sheet," said Hodgson.

"I can't promise him that here so if a loan move to Italy could help him in that respect it might be good for all parties.

"It would certainly be what he needs, it would certainly protect the value of the player and when he does return to Liverpool no doubt we will see the Aquilani that we signed before he came here injured last year."

The mooted move to Italy came to fruition last week as the Old Lady snapped up the Italian international on a season long loan with a view to a permanent £13 million transfer.

And this full-time move now looks likely to be the outcome after the midfielder revealed that he intends to stay in Turin.

"England was a great experience, but I am here to stay," he told the Italian press.

"Leaving Roma was a hard choice, but it helped the club financially. I am a professional and Juventus is a fundamental move in my career and to help me step back towards the national team.

"There is a will to do well here. Scudetto? We can do well, but Inter have something more."

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