Ã…Â krtel signs two-year contract extension with Liverpool
Slovakia defender Martin Ã…Â krtel has signed a two-year contract extension to keep him at Anfield until 2014.
Former Liverpool manager Rafael BenÃƒÂtez signed the 25-year-old from Zenit St Petersburg for a fee of £6.5 million in 2008. The defender has made 79 appearances since moving to Merseyside.
Ã…Â krtel was a vital member of Slovakia’s World Cup squad and his presence at the centre of their defence helped his country reach the knockout stages.
“I’m very pleased,” said Ã…Â krtel. “I have been at Liverpool for nearly three years and I really like it here. I like the city, I like the club and I like the fans so I’m happy I am able to sign a new contract.
“Liverpool is one of the biggest clubs in the world so I am proud I can play here for four more years.”
The centre-half highlighted his desire to win a trophy with Liverpool and claim a much sought-after Premier League title.
He added: “We have quality in the dressing room and I know we will do better this year. A club like Liverpool deserves to win trophies and I will help them do that, hopefully this season.
“Everyone plays football to win trophies. Playing for Liverpool is a big motivation for everyone and we will do everything we can to win the Premier League. We have the highest targets – to win everything.”