Liverpool striker Fabio Borini has insisted that he does not plan to leave the club in the summer, Sky Sports understands.
Borini, 22, has been sidelined due to injury for much of the current campaign.
The Italy international, who joined Liverpool from AS Roma for a transfer fee of €13.3 million plus bonuses in July 2012, broke his foot at the beginning of the season and suffered a dislocated shoulder shortly after returning to the first-team setup.
Borini has scored one goal in 16 appearances in all competitions for Liverpool this season.
Despite his well-documented struggles, the 22-year-old dismissed reports suggesting he could leave Anfield in the summer.
“It’s been a difficult season due to some unfortunate injuries, but these things happen and you can only accept them,” Borini told Rete Sport.
“This is not a totally wasted season, I hope to be helpful in these remaining four games and the 2014 World Cup is a big goal for me.
“In regards to my future, I’m not really thinking about next year, but I will stay at Liverpool because I have yet to prove that I can compete here.”
Borini made his Azzurri debut in an international friendly against the United States on 29 February 2012. He was included in the Italian team for Euro 2012 by Italy manager Cesare Prandelli, but did not made an appearance.
Santana linked with Schalke 04 move
Borussia Dortmund centre-back Felipe Santana has been linked with a sensational summer move to FC Schalke 04, ESPN FC reports.
Santana, 27, is currently the third-choice centre-back at Dortmund, with Neven Subotic and Mats Hummels ahead of him on the club’s depth chart. Subsequently, the Brazilian is expected to leave Signal Iduna Park for pastures new in the summer.
According to Bild, the former Figueirense star can leave Dortmund for as little as €1 million a year before the end of his current contract.
Schalke 04 are reportedly lining up a move for Santana to replace 32-year-old defender Christoph Metzelder, who will not return to the club next season.
If these rumours materialise, Santana would be the first player to make a direct switch between the local rivals since former Germany international midfielder Andreas Moller left Dortmund for Schalke in 2000.
However, Santana played down the aforementioned report as “pure speculation” via his official Facebook page, while a spokesman for Borussia Dortmund revealed the club do not comment on any transfer speculation.
The 27-year-old defender has made 26 competitive appearances, 19 starts, for Dortmund this season, netting three goals.