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Liverpool Will Reject Emre Can Transfer Offers Regardless of Contract Status

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Jürgen Klopp would rather risk losing Can on a free next summer than sell him for a profit in this one.

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A week ago, Juventus were meant to have given up in their attempts to sign Emre Can as, according to the Italian press at least, they believed he was on the verge of signing a new deal at Liverpool. A week later and there’s been no signed new deal. Which is hardly a surprise as Can is off at the Confederations Cup.

Still, neither that nor the fact that just a week ago they were saying Juventus was out of the running is enough to stop the Italian press from deciding that as of today, they’re back in for him. For Liverpool’s part, though, nothing about the situation has changed: Emre Can is going nowhere this summer regardless of contract status.

Before the season ended, the club briefed friendly journalists about his situation, telling them that Can was seen as a key part of Jürgen Klopp’s plans and that the Liverpool manager would rather hold on to him and see him leave on a free next year than sell him now—though of course they’d most like to get him on a new deal.

Today, in response to those latest rumours out of Italy, they have reiterated their stance through The Liverpool Echo, insisting via James Pearce that they have “no intention” of selling and that they “hope to resolve” Can’s contract situation in the coming months. A new deal, though, is unlikely while Can is with the German team.

When his Confederations Cup commitments are over, a new deal will again be the priority, but whatever happens, Can will not be sold. This is a stance that is more often seen at German clubs than in England, where it has more often been considered better to sell a player than allow him to enter the final year of his contract.