Liverpool centre-back Martin Skrtel has rejected a move to Serie A side Inter Milan in order to sign a new contract at Anfield, according to the stars agent.
The Slovakian international was set to leave Merseyside over the summer, ending his seven year association with the Premier League club, but his agent has confirmed that the centre-back will now stay put in England after agreeing terms on a new deal.
Contract Saga for Skrtel
The 30-year-old revealed halfway through the 2014/15 campaign that he wouldn't be opening contract talks until the season was over, and immediately after the Premier League finale, Liverpool officials spoke to Skrtel and his agent, but offered a deal which was deemed 'unacceptable' to the defender.
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Liverpool's board offered the defender a 'pay-as-you-play' deal, meaning he would only get paid for the amount of games he played throughout the season.
Skrtel was quick to reject the offer and labelled it unacceptable as he felt it's a contract that should be offered to someone older than him or someone who has had injury problems in the past.
After rejecting the contract offer, reports emerged that the Slovak could be set to leave Anfield, seven years after joining them.
Inter Milan Interest
Italian side Inter Milan were thought to be interested in the commanding centre-back as Roberto Mancini eyes a big summer in the transfer window.
The Italian wants to bring the glory days back to the San Siro and believes a new spine is needed at the club.
Mancini wanted to sign Skrtel when he was Manchester City manager, but never managed to secure a deal, and it looks like he has been turned down yet again.
Agent Confirms New Deal
Skrtel's agent, Karol Csonto, has confirmed that a new offer has been offered by Liverpool, and the terms are deemed acceptable this time by his client, despite there being strong interest from Inter Milan.
“I confess that there were not mere rumours, the interest from Inter was real,” said Skrtel’s agent, Karol Csonto.
“But then the deal did not go ahead, there was contact made.
“The player had been thinking about his future and eventually opted to remain at Liverpool.
“As this time I can say that it is likely [he will sign a new contract].”