Emre Can has again refused to tell supporters whether he wants to stay at Liverpool beyond this season.
The German’s contract expires in summer 2018 and the sad truth is that foreign clubs can approach him about a Bosman transfer in just over two months’ time on January 1.
Although the reality is that discussions are very likely already going on between his representatives and various European clubs.
The 23-year-old has not penned the extension offered to him by Liverpool and these comments suggest to us he wants to run down his deal – which means he can freely choose his next club and get a higher wage to boot.
“I made forward steps in my three years here. It is my fourth season now in Liverpool and I played a lot of games. I am really enjoying being here. It is a great club,” he begins, cited in the Echo.
“Of course I can play better sometimes, I know that, but I think my development has been good so far. I try to be better and I train hard for that.
“Why should my commitment be any different? I have a contract playing for the club, I earn my money here and I love to play for Liverpool.”
On the surface, some would read this as Can being committed, but for us, it’s clear that the midfielder’s committed short-term only.
“I have a contract,” suggests that this will be his last at Anfield – unless we’re being completely paranoid…
At the beginning of this campaign, it looked like losing Can on a free would be a travesty. He bagged twice against Hoffenheim and was Man of the Match v Arsenal – but perhaps like his team-mates – has dropped his level since.
We’d still like him to extend, but just cannot see it happening.