The agent of Liverpool forward Fabio Borini, Marco De Marchi, has revealed the player wants to stay at Anfield this summer.
Borini, who joined Liverpool from English Premier League rivals Chelsea for £10.5 million in July 2012, enjoyed a successful loan spell at Sunderland A.F.C. in 2013/14, tallying 10 goals in 40 appearances across all competitions.
The Italian ace, 23, is scheduled to return to Liverpool in July but reports have suggested the recent signing of Rickie Lambert could jeopardise the 23-year-old’s future on Merseyside.
“Does Lambert’s arrival close the door on Fabio Borini? No, I don’t think so,” Borini’s agent Marco De Marchi told tuttomercatoweb.com, per Sky Sports.
“We have received no communications in that regard.
“In this last season, Fabio gave a considerable contribution towards keeping Sunderland up. “He was praised by everyone, especially by the Liverpool manager [Brendan] Rodgers.
“So, after his holidays he will go back to Liverpool to prepare for the new season wearing the shirt of this historic club.
“He wants to compete with everyone and be an extra resource for the coach and the team.
“Borini could be of use to any team, but no-one has contacted us and his desire is to show what he’s got at Liverpool.”
Borini has been linked with a return to Italy in recent weeks, with S.S. Lazio reported interested in his services.
Hangeland slams Fulham after email sacking
Brede Hangeland has slammed newly-relegated Fulham F.C. after the club informed him of his release via email.
The Norwegian defender, 32, spent six-and-a-half-years at Craven Cottage but was released by the club despite having one year remaining on his deal on Tuesday.
“Today I received the sad news that Fulham exercised an option to terminate my contract, effective immediately,” Hangeland said via a statement released via his agent, Jon Morland.
“I received such notification by e-mail with no representative from the club meeting with me at any point to discuss this matter. After six-and-a-half years of loyalty and hard work, and the last few years as captain, I am disappointed beyond words about this course of action.
“I would like to thank the wonderful Fulham fans for letting me share the best times of my career with them. I have been very proud to wear the white shirt at Craven Cottage.
“Needless to say, I still have a lot to give as a footballer and I’m looking forward to the next chapter of my career.”
Hangeland, who scored eight goals in 214 appearances for the Cottagers, would like to remain in England’s top-flight, with promoted side Queens Park Rangers a likely destination after manager Harry Redknapp showed an interest in the player in January 2013.