Benitez: “I want to stay” at Liverpool and rules out selling star duo
By Football Talk.
Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez has stated he wants to stay on as manager at Anfield and claimed nobody at the club wants to sell star players Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard. Speaking after Liverpool’s 0-0 draw with Hull yesterday, which meant the Red’s finishing seventh in the league, Benitez claims he is happy at Anfield and held a positive meeting with Chairman Martin Broughton and they will meet again next week to continue talks.
“I had a meeting with the chairman and it was positive, We will have another one this week and we will talk about the future again.
“I have shown my commitment for years, and if I stay I am not thinking about selling Gerrard or Torres. I do not want to sell them.
“The stability of the club is important because we need to move forward, we will have another meeting and hopefully we can progress.”
He added: “Nobody wants to sell them (Gerrard and Torres). I think the Chairman was very clear.”
Asked if he wanted to remain as Liverpool manager, Benitez said: “Yes, it is always the same situation. I have wanted to stay and I would like to stay.”
The Liverpool boss has been tipped to leave Merseyside this summer following a disappointing season and problems with the ownership of the club hindering his transfer budget. Juventus has been suggested as a possible destination if Benitez was to leave and the Italian giants have made no secret of their interest.
Benitez has been coy on his future in recent weeks, but these comments now seem to suggest the Spaniard is ready to stick it out at Liverpool and everyone at the club will be hoping the ownership issues can be resolved as quickly as possible.
With Benitez staying on, his claims about keeping Gerrard and Torres will come as welcome relief to Liverpool fans who have had to endue mountains of speculation about their star duo in recent weeks with the likes of Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester City being linked with big money moves.
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