Emre Can, when asked where he wanted to be in three years’ time, refused to name a club – but did state some hefty personal goals.
The German stated that he wants to become recognised as one of the best midfielders on the planet, which is perhaps a hint as to why he potentially favours a move to Real Madrid or Juventus – two clubs who’ve won much more silverware than Liverpool over the past decade.
He told German publication Sport 1: “I want to become a world-class player.
“Maybe once in the world team of the year. That would be great.”
As we all know, Can’s contract expires this summer and he’s currently available on a Bosman – with multiple European giants interested.
Despite Liverpool’s best efforts, we’ve not yet been able to tie him to a new contract and it looks practically certain that he’ll depart for pastures new, despite Steven Gerrard’s recent quotes:
“I think Liverpool have made him a better player and in Jurgen Klopp and his coaching staff I think they are perfect for him,” our former captain said, reported in the Express.
“I can’t make decisions for Emre [Can] but for me, in his shoes, I would be a bit more patient with Liverpool and I would hang on.
“I think Liverpool – the club and the fans – have a lot of belief in him.”
Losing Can, especially for nothing, will be a real shame, but at least Naby Keita is a confirmed arrival for 2018/19.
On top of the Guinean though, we need a new no.6, a controlling midfielder with defensive capabilities – such as Napoli’s Jorginho.