Kolo Toure wants to stay at Liverpool

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Kolo Toure has ended rumours about a possible transfer to Trabzonspor himself today and instead wants to see out the one year he has left on his Liverpool contract.

The Daily Mirror suggested that Brendan Rodgers showed a willingness to let the Ivorian go this summer, but now it is has revealed that he is happy at Anfield despite admitting interest from the Turkish side.

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Staying put

Toure told Sport-Ivoire: "Trabzonspor are interested in me but I have expressed my pleasure at being a Liverpool player.

"Yes, it is always a possibility to join a lower league for more playing time but I am a competitor and I decided to stay at Liverpool.”

Despite the Liverpool manager preferring to offload the defender, the 33-year-old clearly sees thing differently.

He said: "I had talks with the coach, who clearly indicated that I was part of his plans.

"I intend to start the season with the same goals: to enable the club to progress and to please all fans of Liverpool."

He also added: "It is a privilege to be at Liverpool. I am very happy to wear the shirt of this legendary club.”

Second Fiddle

Toure is no stranger to battling for a starting position for the Anfield club after numerous matches spent on the bench last season.

Rodgers always seemed to prefer Daniel Agger, Martin Skrtel or Mamadou Sakho during the successful 2013/14 season, but that clearly has not had any bearing on Toure.

New Arrivals

Were Toure to stay on at Anfield, he will not only have to deal with being down the pecking order behind those mentioned above, as Rodgers has already splashed out £20million on Southampton centre-back Dejan Lovren.

The Croatia international was impressive last season in his first Premier League outing and it is unlikely the Reds would spend such a sum on a player that is going to sit on the bench most of the time. Toure briefly looked as though he had got back to his old self in his early days at Liverpool, but injury problems returned and brought with them inconsistent performances.

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