It appears as though Albert Aquilani is set to try his luck again at Anfield – although it’s not because the Italian is eager to impress new boss Brendan Rodgers. Instead, the agent of Aquilani claims that his client is returning to Liverpool as no other club has shown any interest in signing him.
Aquilani’s stay at Liverpool has certainly been a disappointing one, especially after he joined the Reds in a huge £20m fee in 2009. However, after a poor opening campaign, the Italian found himself loaned out to Juventus in the 2010/11 season. It was widely thought that Juve would sign the player permanently following that spell, but after that didn’t materialize the midfielder then found himself loaned out to AC Milan last term. Again, there has been plenty of speculation linking Aquilani away from the club in a permanent move, yet according to his agent there have been no discussions and the 27-year-old is due back at Anfield for the new season.
Speaking to Sport Italia, agent Franco Zavaglia said, “Almost certainly he will not terminate his contract with Liverpool. He could join them (Liverpool) at the beginning of July to start pre-season training with the English club. At this time there are no clubs interested in him.”
Of course, Aquilani and Liverpool may see this season as a completely fresh slate. It is understood that Brendan Rodgers wants to give all the players in his squad a chance, before making a final decision on who to retain. However, whether or not Aquilani has the ability to be successful at Liverpool anymore is certainly another matter. While he did arrive with a superb reputation from Roma, it appears as though his career is quickly deteriorating following two disappointing loan spells in Italy.
The fact he made just twenty three appearances for Milan last year speaks volumes, while Rodgers will no doubt be questioning just why no other club has made any enquiries about someone who was seen as such a talent several years ago.