After weeks of reports regarding a lack of progress in contract negotiations, Emre Can has revealed that it has nothing to do with a desire for more money.
Recent reports had led fans and pundits alike to believe that Can was looking for a pay rise to £100,00-a-week and that the club’s refusal to grant him his wish was hindering contract negotiations and now Can himself has ruled these allegations out as being false.
Can will enter the final 12 months of his contract this summer and if Liverpool don’t manage to get the German to sign a new deal, there is every chance he’ll leave as the Reds won’t risk letting him leave for free next summer.
That being said, Can has spoken out about the inaccuracy of claims regarding him wanting more money.
“I read in newspapers it was about money, but it isn’t about money,” he said, according to Sky Sports. “We’ve had a few good meetings and everything is fine. I just wanted to say it is never about the money. It is about the future, what happens.
“You never know what will happen in football, but I am happy here. We will speak in the next few weeks and months and see what happens.
“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 has been struggling for form this season and this has led many short-sighted fans to suggest that the German should be sold in the summer. However, in his last two games for Liverpool, Can has pulled up his socks and has looked more like the player who was so crucial for the Reds in their Europa League run last season.
When asked if contract talk was affecting his game, Can replied, “No, that was not the reason. 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.
“I’ve had calf problems for many years and it has been very difficult for me – 10 minutes into the game I’ve not been able to feel my feet in a few games – but I didn’t like to go to the press and say, ‘I am injured’.
“Maybe it was not good that I played and did not have a break. I didn’t play well when it was my opportunity to play and it was my mistake. I play in a different position now and I don’t sprint too much.
“When I play at [number] eight I have to go forward and sprint more; when I play at six I don’t have to sprint too much.
“I feel good at the moment. I have to come back to the old Emre because when I am fit I know what I am able to do and I am confident enough to know I can play much better than in the past.”