Liverpool target Diego Forlan has revealed he would be happy to stay at current club Atletico Madrid for the rest of his career.
The Uruguayan has been in sensational form since swapping Villarreal for Madrid and has forged a reputation as being one of the most lethal goalscorers in European football.
And this form, which has seen him bag 72 goals in 114 appearances, has alerted Liverpool and Tottenham despite the disappointing spell he had at Manchester United.
The 31-year-old was brought to Old Trafford by Sir Alex Ferguson in 2002 but struggled to settle in Manchester, at one time going through a 29-game barren spell.
However, having regained his scoring touch with Villarreal, grabbing 54 goals in 106 games, Roy Hodgson has placed him on Liverpool’s short list of potential transfer targets.
Forlan, though, has insisted he is happy in Spain and would like to spend the rest of his career at the Vicente Calderon Stadium.
“I would love to retire at Atletico Madrid,” he told Spanish newspaper Marca. “But the board are the ones who decide and we must remember that.
“I have a contract and I'm very happy, and always answer the same when there are rumours. I've never said I wanted to leave.
“If offers come in, it's necessary to see what is best for the club and best for me.
“I have certain plans for the future, but things change and it is difficult to know what will happen, but I want to continue in Europe for as long as possible.”
The news will not be too disappointing for Hodgson as new Liverpool owner has set out his plans for the transfer market and suggested the Anfield boss looks for young up and coming talent rather than 30-somethings.
And with the amount Atletico would demand, Liverpool’s money ould be wiser spent elsewhere. Similarly Spurs may not be too downheartened with the news.
Despite Harry Redknapp wanting to bolster his White Hart Lane squad, Peter Crouch has found great form alongside new signing Rafael van der Vaart while Tottenham still have Jermain Defoe to return from injury.
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