Friday, April 22, 2011

I want to stay with Juventus, admits Alberto Aquilani

On-loan Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani has expressed his desire to stay at Italian club Juventus after his loan ends in the summer. 

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The 26-year-old went on loan to the Turin outfit during last summers transfer window after a disappointing and injury-plagued first season at Anfield.

"My situation is simple. It all depends on Juventus – if they want to, [they can] buy me without asking anyone's opinion," Aquilani told Gazzetta Dello Sport.

"I would like to stay in Turin for a long time and win a lot. I want to be a protagonist in the new winning cycle that is opening up at Juventus. I have no doubt that Juve's project is a winner, they just need a little patience."

In order for Aquilani to make his move to Juventus the Italian club will have to pay the Reds a pre-agreed fee of £14 million, which may be a major hurdle for any potential deal.

Should Juventus not be willing to part with such a high fee for the midfielder then Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has insisted there is a future for Aquilani on Merseyside.

"When people talk about next season, I'm surprised they don't give Alberto a mention," Dalglish told the club's official website.

"Everyone seems to have forgotten about him.

"I know he has done really well at Juventus this season. When the loan finishes at the end of the season, he reverts back to being a Liverpool player.

"Nothing is cast in stone and he could be coming back to play for Liverpool. He could be a valuable asset here next season. He's still our player.”

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