Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has hinted that he would be happy to turn down interested parties in order to stay at Anfield.
The Slovakian international has been linked with a move to Manchester City this week, with Roberto Mancini’s men reportedly willing to pay in the region of £20 million for the former Zenit St. Petersburg star.
Despite a lack of Champions League football at Anfield next term, agent Karol Cstonto insists that it’s a fact that doesn’t have to be decisive over a potential move, providing his client sees eye-to-eye with his new boss.
“Some changes have been made at the club and he (Martin Skrtel) wants to know what the aims and ambitions are. And of course, we will discuss the issue of Martin’s new contract,” said Cstonto.
“Liverpool is a big club and just because they haven’t made the Champions League this year doesn’t mean they would not do it next year. There are expectations on both sides, though.”
The 27-year-old currently has two-years left on his contract, but Rodgers will be eager to enter into negotiations quickly in an effort to tie down last season’s Player of the Season on Merseyside.
Skrtel joined the club in 2008, and after spending time as understudy to the likes of Jamie Carragher, he became a regular during the 2010/11 season. As the club’s top performer last term, keeping hold of the player could be crucial to their efforts next term.