I’ll decide on Aquilani’s Liverpool future this week, says Rodgers
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers reveals he will make a decision on Alberto Aquilani's future at Anfield this week
Brendan Rodgers has revealed he intends to make a decision on Alberto Aquilani’s future at Liverpool over the next seven days.
The 28-year-old midfielder has emphasised his desire to remain at Anfield despite the Italy international being heavily linked with a return to Serie A this summer.
Rodgers, who is keen to sign Swansea City midfielder Joe Allen, is yet to make a final decision on the former Roma star who spent last season on loan at AC Milan.
“The situation with Alberto is simple,” he told the Daily Mirror. “I have wanted to assess him over the first few weeks of training.
“Over the course of the next week, I will make a decision on what’s going to be best for us, whether he will be useful for the group or whether it’s best for him to move on.”
Aquilani has made 28 appearances for Liverpool after he was signed by Rafael Benítez in £17m deal from Roma in August 2009.
The Italian spent successive seasons on loan at Juventus and Milan, and has been linked with a move to Fiorentina this summer.
But the midfielder’s agent Franco Zavaglia insisted his client would not be returning to Italy in the near future.
“Let us not open up a soap opera, please,” Zavaglia told Radio Sportiva.
“Aquilani is a Liverpool player and he is happy where he is now. We have not received any requests from Daniele Prade, but that was only to be expected, seeing as Aquilani will only leave on a permanent move and at figures Fiorentina cannot afford.
“I would rule out a current return to Italy.”