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Liverpool´s Leto suffers work permit blow

SoccerNews in English Premier League 4 Aug 2008

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Liverpool winger Sebastian Leto will be forced to leave Anfield on loan after the Argentine winger was refused a work permit, team manager Rafael Benitez said Monday.

Leto, 21, made four appearances for Liverpool last season while on an Italian passport but that was later revoked by the Italian Government.

Liverpool then applied for a work permit and Benitez insisted he would select Leto on a more regular basis.

But the British Government has turned down Leto's application and he will have to go on loan to continue playing, with Olympiakos a likely destination.

Benitez is unhappy with the decision and he said: “The system needs to change, clearly.

“I cannot understand how an Argentine player who has been in pre-selection for the Olympic squad and has played in the Champions League and at a club like Liverpool is not good enough.

“Now we have to look for a solution, maybe find a team for him on loan, but we have maybe eight or 10 teams in Spain, Italy and Greece asking about him.

“When you have eight or 10 teams asking about a player and he's not playing, it means that he is good. But maybe there is another vision of football.”

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