Agent of former Liverpool ace explains reasons for shock Barcelona snub

Date published: Tuesday 12th February 2019 10:59 - Rob McCarthy

Former Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel rejected the chance to play for Barcelona last summer, according to his agent.

Skrtel joined Turkish outfit Fenerbahce from Liverpool for £5million in 2016, having made 320 appearances for the Reds during his nine years at Anfield.

And according to Skrtel’s agent, Catalan giants Barcelona thought that the 34-year-old would make a good acquisition – only to be turned down by the Slovakian.

Mithat Halis, part of a firm that represents Skrtel, revealed that a bid came in for the centre-back in the summer – as reported in the Daily Star.

He said: “Barcelona wanted to sign him and were insisting on him because they needed a central defender that was a reliable alternative.

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“But the player didn’t agree because he did not want to be a substitute for Gerard Pique and Samuel Umtiti.”

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