World Cup star set to snub Liverpool

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In-demand PSV Eindhoven midfielder Ibrahim Afellay is remaining tight-lipped on his much touted move to Barcelona, but has hinted that they are the greatest club there is and also inferred that talks are already underway to take him to the Nou Camp.

Afellay has long been linked with a whole host of clubs, including Liverpool and Arsenal as well as Real Madrid and Fenerbache, but Barcelona appear to be the front-runners for his signature.

"I know nothing. I only know what I read in the newspapers online, but still don't know what my future holds because there are many options," he told Spanish newspaper Sport.

"But I think there have been contacts between Barcelona and PSV."

"Barcelona is a fantastic club, a club that everybody knows, a team that plays very attractive football and that is the greatest out there," Afellay went on to say. "But I insist that I know nothing yet about my future. All I can do is continue training as usual and playing the best I know with my team, which is still PSV.

When asked if he could fit into Guardiola's superstar team, Afellay said, "I don't know, that's a question for Guardiola. All I can say is that I like to play with the ball, linking up with my teammates and playing an offensive style. That's my role at PSV and that is how I have always played.

"For any player it would be great to play with Iniesta and Xavi. They are players of high quality and are benchmarks in the world of football. They are so good! But there is nothing concrete as I said before, so I'd rather not imagine it."

Afellay's contract expires at the end of the season, and has already made it clear he won't be renewing it. Liverpool had hoped to secure his signature to add a bit of attacking flair to their midfield.

There have been reports coming out of Anfield that they are prepared to sell Danish midfielder Christian Poulsen, who has been labelled a flop by many, which would leave Liverpool thin in the midfield department.

It is believed that PSV want to sell the want-away Dutch international in January, rather than lose him for free at the end of the season, which means he would be available for a cut-price fee. Liverpool have been given money to spend in January by NESV chairman John W Henry as they look to strengthen.

Afellay said "For the club it may be better in January because they can raise money from the transfer, but on the other hand it could ado be a good choice to keep me until June because our goal is to win the Eredivise and get into the Champions League next year, which is also a grand prize and generate more money for the club."

With Liverpool beating Chelsea at the weekend they are enjoying a mini resurgence and their current league position is a lot more appealing than it was a few weeks ago.

Roy Hodgson could offer Afellay first team football, whereas he would have to compete with the likes of Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets and £20 Million former Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano at the Nou Camp.


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