Liverpool flop Iago Aspas is set to remain at the club past the end of this season, despite heavy speculation which initially tipped him for a move away.
The Spanish forward only signed for the Reds last summer from Celta, but has failed to make an impact in the Premier League and his first-team appearances have subsequently been severely limited. As such the vast majority of fans would have been forgiven for expecting him to depart when the summer transfer market opens, with numerous sources claiming that he is primed for an exit abroad.
However according to the Express Aspas’ agent, Jose Rodriguez Baster, has told journalists in Italy that his client is not pushing for a move to another club, and will fight for his place in the team.
"There is no possibility of a return to Spain for Iago, or for a move elsewhere,” Baster is said to have told Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzo.
"Iago has a four-year contract with Liverpool and he is happy to be at the Reds, aside from the fact that he would certainly like to play more.
"But [Brendan] Rodgers is happy with him and they are not thinking about a transfer.
"I have never spoken with any Italian club. Iago Aspas is happy at Liverpool and happy that the team is having a great season."
The news may come as something of a surprise to the Anfield faithful, as the Spaniard has only managed 14 appearances in all competitions this season. And, with Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge leaving little room for manoeuvre when it comes to chances that the 26-year-old will be given to show what he can do, the most likely scenario had seemed that he would seek pastures new.