Serb rules out Premier move
Markovic staying put despite Chelsea and Liverpool links
By Vlatko Siljanovski & Jure Bohoric. Last Updated: February 20, 2012 10:12am
Avram Grant: Not selling Lazar Markovic after he was linked with Chelsea and Liverpool
Serbian starlet Lazar Markovic insists he has no plans to leave Partizan Belgrade after being strongly linked with a move to England.
The 17-year-old has emerged as one of the most promising forwards in Europe and is already a first-team regular with Partizan.
Chelsea and Liverpool are both said to be lining up £10million-plus bids for the playmaker, but this has now been rubbished by the player and his manager Avram Grant.
Asked about the rumours of bids from England, Grant told Blic: "It is nonsense.
"There is nothing out of it. I am also in contact with Abramovich, so he would have told me. There are no such offers."
And Markovic was happy to confirm that his long-term future remains in Belgrade.
"I'm not interested in what is written about me in press. I will only be 18 in March and my plan is to stay at Partizan for the next three years until I'm 21 years old," he told Alo.
"For now I just want to enjoy my football, play without any extra pressure."
However, he did concede that he would one day like to play in England, adding: "Of course, it is my dream to play in one of the biggest leagues in Europe.
"But we will see what will happen in the next few years. I'm in no hurry."