Liverpool star turns down lucrative Serie A exit offer

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Liverpool star Martin Srktel's agent has confirmed that Napoli offered his client a lucrative summer switch to Napoli, telling Calcio Mercato that despite being flattered by interest from ex-Reds boss Rafael Benitez the defender plans to stay at Anfield.

Srktel has been back to near his best for Liverpool this season, building on a partnership in central defence with Daniel Agger that has helped Brendan Rodgers' side become genuine title contenders, topping the table with just six games left to play, while also chipping in with six goals.

The Slovakian's fine form alerted former coach and current Napoli chief Rafael Benitez to the possibility of adding quality to his defensive options ahead of a push for the Scudetto next season, but his representative Karol Csonto is adamant that his long-term future still belongs with Liverpool.

Csonto told Calcio Mercato: "There is no chance for Skrtel to go to Napoli. They tried, but he will remain at Liverpool."

The 29-year-old has two years left on his current contract at Anfield, although if he can replicate recent form again next season expect Rodgers to give the green light to fresh terms in a bid to keep suitors such as Napoli at bay.

Rodgers has a number of decisions to make ahead of a recruitment drive this summer, with additions to his squad definitely required as the Reds gear up for a return to Champions League football next season.

Skrtel is one key player Liverpool will be desperate to keep, although if there is one area the Reds do need to strengthen its definitely defensively, with the Reds conceding more goals than any other side in the top five this season.

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