Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has ruled out joining Premier League rivals Manchester United after a cheeky reporter asked him whether he'd consider the controversial move.
Skrtel, who has starred at Anfield for the past seven years, is currently on international duty with Slovakia, with his long term future in the game uncertain after he recently admitted that he rejected a new contract offer from the Reds' hierarchy.
It remains to be seen as to whether he will opt to depart Merseyside in the near future, but it certainly appears that he won't be heading to Manchester - which will no doubt please fans of the club.
In fact, when asked whether he'd consider United, the experienced defender said: “I can imagine transfer to anywhere but United never."
Ultimately, then, if Manchester United, under the Louis van Gaal regime, are looking to improve their back-line this summer, then they will certainly be staying away from Skrtel, who enjoyed a fine 2014/15 campaign.
And that's why it's a surprise that Liverpool are seemingly playing a dangerous game over his future at the club.
After being handed a contract offer, the centre-back recently told reporters: "It's unacceptable for me. I think that contracts like this offered to players who are much older than me or the player who had some health problems.
"The contract which has been offered to me is unacceptable, so I did not sign it. I have one year left and there has been some speculation about the interest from other clubs. We will see what happens."
At the end of the day, despite signing Dejan Lovren from Southampton last summer, Skrtel proved to be the club's standout performer in their back-line, and was arguably one of the club's most consistent players all season long.
While certain players failed to really step up and prove themselves last term, Liverpool's solid centre-half played a leading role, as the club's defensive record improved greatly throughout the course of the campaign.
Let's be honest, at 30-years of age, the defender still has a good couple of years left in him at the top just yet, so the Liverpool hierarchy must respond appropriately or risk losing him sooner rather than later.
With Danny Ings and James Milner already on their way, Liverpool officials certainly aren't hanging around this summer, but they're playing a risky game with one of their best players from last season. At least he won't be joining Manchester United...
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