Aquilani exit talk quashed
Italian's agent denies midfielder on verge of Serie A switch
By Simone Bargellini. Last Updated: May 12, 2010 3:58pm
Aquilani: Happy at Anfield
Alberto Aquilani's agent has laughed off speculation the Liverpool midfielder will return to Italy in the summer after just one season on Merseyside.
Reports in England have linked the 25-year-old with a speedy return to Serie A after joining the Reds in the summer from Roma for £20million.
After a disappointing year at Anfield, some have suggested Rafa Benitez is willing to offload the injury-prone Italian in a cut-price deal, with Juventus and Fiorentina said to be interested.
But Aquilani's representative Franco Zavaglia has shunned claims his client will leave the Premier League underachievers.
"A return to Italy? It seems a journalistic shot of the British tabloids," Zavaglia told Tuttomercatoweb.com. "I don't know anything, because Alberto is well in Liverpool.
"There is talk of Juventus and Fiorentina but the Bianconeri have to define the structure of the club before thinking about the market.
"Equally, Fiorentina has the issue of Cesare Prandelli to resolve.
"Aquilani has recovered well from his ankle injury and for this reason I think Liverpool won't get rid of him."
Juve have yet to comment on whether they are interested in signing Aquilani but Diego's agent insists the Brazilian playmaker will not be making way for the Reds' creative midfielder this summer.
Diego, who has endured a difficult first campaign in Italy, would be the player likely to lose his place in the team if the Old Lady purchase the Liverpool performer.
But the former Werder Bremen star's agent Giacomo Petralito claims he will shine next season and that Lionel Messi would have failed to impress at the Stadio Olimpico this term.
"He doesn't leave Juventus, they're just rumours," he said.
"Next year will be his year, he will be a protagonist for Juventus. (Zinedine) Zidane and (Michel) Platini too had problems in their first season.
"Diego began very well and this means that the qualities are there. Something did not work, but he just needs time, Italian football is very tactical. And then, this season at Juventus, Messi would also be in trouble."