Skrtel plays down City link

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Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has confirmed that he is not set to leave the club.

The Slovakian international has been linked with a switch to Premier League champions Manchester City, but Skrtel insists he is not in talks with Roberto Mancini's side, or any other team for that matter.

The player's agent had hinted that Skrtel was seeking reassurances over the direction of the club following the departure of Kenny Dalglish, but the 27-year-old revealed he's looking forward to beginning the new campaign at Anfield.

Speaking to his personal website, Skrtel said: "I will be leaving for Liverpool on July 6. I am very excited about the new season. I hope we will be ready and this time it will be much better than in the last one."

Skrtel has built up a strong partnership at centre-half with Danish defender Daniel Agger, and Liverpool's defence was a rare positive point in an otherwise disappointing season.

And Skrtel, who was voted as Liverpool's Player of the Year last season, insists any talk of him breaking up this backline is misplaced.

"There is also speculation about my exit from Liverpool but I can say that there was no offer on the table yet and we didn't hold talks with any club," said Skrtel.

The former-Zenit St Petersburg player has two years left on his Reds deal, and new Anfield boss Brendan Rodgers will likely fight hard to keep hold of his player should any bids come in.

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