Emre Can insists his delay in signing a new contract at Liverpool is not about money and believes he will play at Anfield for “many years.”
The Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, is keen to see Can sign a new deal to keep him at the club for another four years, with the 23-year-old’s current contract expiring in 2018.
The German has stalled on signing the deal and suggests the delay is down to footballing reasons rather than financial.
Emre Can, left, and Jurgen Klopp at Anfield, Liverpool, February 11. Klopp wants Can to sign a new deal at Liverpool. Clive Brunskill/Getty
“I read it was about money, but it isn’t about money,” Can said, as quoted by the Daily Telegraph. “It is never about the money. We’ve had a few good meetings and everything is fine. I am happy at Liverpool. You never know what will happen in football but I am happy here and I am still contracted here. Everything is fine.
“It is about the future, what happens. The last few months the most important thing has been that I am pain-free and we have spoken more about that than the contract.
“We will speak in the next few weeks and months and see what happens. I want to play injury-free. The meetings are with my agent but I am very happy at Liverpool. In the future I can play for many years at Liverpool.”
Can, who moved to Anfield in 2014 from Bayer Leverkusen, has been a frequent member of the Liverpool first-team this season, developing a partnership with Jordan Henderson in the midfield.
He is expected to be part of the Liverpool team that travels to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday to face Manchester City.Try Newsweek: Subscription offers