Italian striker denies forcing £10.5m transfer to Liverpool

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Liverpool striker Fabio Borini hit back at accusations from Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini that he forced a move away from Italy during the summer transfer window.

The Italy international joined Liverpool from Roma for a transfer fee of £10.5 million to team up with Anfield boss Brendan Rodgers, having previously worked with the Norther Irishman at Chelsea and Swansea.

Borini, however, had only joined Roma on a permanent deal a month before and, revealed the 21-year-old's agent, he wanted to stay in Rome, despite the interest of Liverpool.

This, according to Forza Italia, contradicts what Sabatini said about his former Roma charge, with the director claiming he did not like the actions of Borini after Liverpool began to display an interest in his signature.

But Borini says he acted in a professional manner throughout the negotiation process with Liverpool, and left Rome with a heavy heart.

"I will never forget the warmth of the people, the passion for the jersey and for Roma. It is difficult to find such immense passion from the fans, but I put it in my suitcase for the rest of my career, because it does give you strength," he told Radio Manà Manà Sport.

“I didn’t force anyone into anything. I simply had to make my decisions. I didn’t like what the director of sport said and I did not share his version of events."

Borini scored just one goal in 11 appearances since his transfer to Liverpool before he broke his foot on international duty with Italy's under-21s.

Liverpool are now left with just Luis Suarez as the club's only fit senior striker, and Rodgers is likely to bolster his Anfield goalscoring department during the January transfer window.

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