Jürgen Klopp confirms that Emre Can will remain at Liverpool for the 2017/18 season despite reports from Italy linking him with a move to Juventus today.
Today, Tuttosport claim that Juventus have agreed on personal terms with Emre Can will submit a bid for the German midfielder this week. The Italians’ offer will reportedly be in the region of £31 million although Klopp seems confident that the midfielder will stay at the club.
James Pearce spoke with Klopp about Emre Can and the German’s contract situation having not yet reached a resolution and the outcome is very positive from a Liverpool perspective.
Can has entered the final 12 months of his Liverpool contract but Klopp insists there have been “good talks” over the possibility of a contract extension.
Klopp is confident that Can will re-commit himself to the Reds with the 23-year-old an important part of Liverpool’s plans for the 2017/18 season.
“You can imagine we’re involved in talks and we all feel good and confident in this moment,” Klopp told the Liverpool ECHO.
“That means they’re not the worst talks but until anything is done or signed there’s nothing to say.
“Emre is a very important player for us. We don’t want to sell or lose players who are in our first line up or close to it.
“Emre is certainly one of them. We want to keep him and we’re having good talks.”
Klopp has been vociferous in his belief that Liverpool are no longer a selling club and that the Reds will only be signing top players, not selling them.
Emre Can is back at Melwood with the German reporting back for Liverpool’s pre-season programme. On Wednesday, the Reds fly to Munich for the Audi Cup as the Premier League season draws ever nearer.
“Emre will be training with the group who are at Melwood this weekend,” Klopp added.
“After testing on Saturday, he’ll have one or two sessions on Sunday. “All the boys will be back in on Tuesday. We’ll train twice then and Emre will be back with the squad for that.
“It will good to see him. He will be 100% involved.”