Mateo Kovacic has finally spoken out about the rumours linking him with a move to Liverpool this summer.
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The Inter Milan midfielder, who has been involved in a painful on-again, off-again relationship with the tabloids since the start of the summer, looks to have abruptly brought to an end any chance we did have of signing him.
According to the Liverpool Echo, who maintain that Brendan Rodgers and co have never shown an interest in the Croatian in the first place, the youngster is determined to stay and fight for his place in Roberto Mancini’s side.
Inter have of course been busy in the transfer window this summer and have already added Monaco midfielder Geoffrey Kongdogbia to their ranks, leading some sources to speculate that Kovacic could be deemed surplus to requirements.
That was certainly the case for German publication Bild who, according to the Echo, have today reported that Bayer Leverkusen are on the verge of sealing a deal for the 21-year-old.
Despite the intense media speculation surrounding him, Kovacic has made clear his intentions in quotes taken by the Echo. Asked what would happen if Liverpool made a bid for him, he said: “They must ask the club. But the club has never said they want to sell me. Never.”
He added: “[I want to] stay here. I do not move… the relationship between me and Inter will be long.”
He was also asked whether Sterling’s move could lead to him making the switch, but he remained unimpressed.
“We have two different roles,” he explained. “That there have been no requests from the Reds, but it’s not for me it’s for my agent. Having said that, I repeat: I want to be here.”
That’s a no then…