Bobby Duncan rejected the chance to join Manchester United in favour of Fiorentina as he ‘didn’t want to betray’ Liverpool, a report has claimed.
The teenage striker sealed a move to the Italian outfit on Monday, after agent Salif Rubie’s desperate attempts to secure a move from Anfield paid off, having accused the club’s sporting director Michael Edwards of “mentally bullying” the young star.
The strongly-worded statement quite rightly angered the Liverpool faithful, with Jamie Carragher among those to have their say about the way Rubie tried to engineer a way out of Liverpool for his client.
The criticisms from Rubie came about after the Reds had rejected approaches for the player from FC Nordsjaelland and Fiorentina, but ultimately the agent got his way and the player was able to complete a €2million (£1.8m) transfer to La Viola.
However, with our readers showing the teenage attack some sympathy, perhaps a larger portion of Reds supporters will think again before criticising the youngster.
That’s after Italian agent Vincenzo Morabito, who worked closely with Rubie in securing the teenager’s switch to Italy this week, revealed that the young star turned down a move to bitter rivals Manchester United out of respect for his boyhood club, reports the Daily Mail.
That may go some way to healing the damage that Rubie’s statement caused, in which he accused Edwards of ‘mentally bullying’ Duncan.
In the statement, Rubie said: “Bobby has not left his room for four days and will never go back to Liverpool.
“My only concern now is his mental health and well being.
“The Liverpool hierarchy have shown zero consideration to that and have even gone as far as saying in writing that they will punish him and make him stay at the club until January to teach him a lesson.
“It’s a sad state of affairs that a club such as Liverpool can be allowed to get away with mentally bullying and destroying the life of a young man such as Bobby.”
The news of Duncan’s apparent snub to United comes just a day after Rubie again lauded his client’s decision to move to Florence.
“To be in the top one percent you have to be prepared to do what 99 percent of the rest won’t do,” Rubie wrote on Instagram.
“In my line of work I know nobody even comes near. Not everything in life is black and white and you have to be able to adapt and roll with the punches.
“Now Bobby Duncan has the opportunity to live and experience something not many young English players have done. That’s what leaders do. We are not followers.
“Thanks to all the people who have supported me in this difficult period means a lot.
“The joy of getting the job done makes all the struggle and doubt worthwhile.”
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