Carlos Soler has cast doubt on the chances of joining Liverpool after reflecting on the transfer interest that has been directed at him recently.
Even though the transfer window closed recently, Soler has been the subject of rumours with a view to next year. After being admired by Arsenal earlier in the year, suggestions emerged recently that Liverpool would look to add him to their squad next year.
It was a relatively quiet summer transfer window for Liverpool, whose only new signing was Ibrahima Konate. Instead, they focused on tying some of their key players to long-term contracts.
But rumours about them signing a new midfielder were persistent nonetheless, and have continued beyond the deadline. A recent claim from Fichajes was that they are considering a swoop for Valencia’s Soler.
With his contract up in 2023, he could be available for a cut-price transfer next summer, which would be to Liverpool’s liking.
But Soler has now revealed that he would be open to staying with his only club so far, for whom he has played in 188 senior games, contributing 26 goals and the same number of assists.
“As far as I know there has been no offer, but there has been interest, although this is taken by my agents,” he told COPE.
Addressing Valencia fans eager for his stay, he added: “This season, be calm.
“I cannot guarantee anything in football because it is very changeable and within a year they may be getting what I said today. I focus on the day to day and the respect I have for club that I love and have been in since I was seven.
“I’ve been here since I was seven years old, I’ve been here 17 years. I know Paterna as if it were my home; my family is from here and is very happy, my friends, everyone, and I am very happy. I have a contract until 2023. Whatever has to be discussed about renewal or whatever will be discussed in due course.”
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Soler also said he was unable to comment on the identity of clubs who were linked with him. There was a suggestion of El Clasico rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid, but he stayed silent.
If Liverpool are to miss out too, they may have to look elsewhere for a new midfield signing. Alternatively, they may not make one at all if Harvey Elliott sustains his early season form.
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Elliott has made a bright impression since returning from a productive loan spell with Blackburn Rovers last season.
Liverpool legend Steve McManaman recently revealed how impressed he has been with the youngster, although he urged fans to be patient as and when he has an off-day.
McManaman said to the Liverpool Echo: “You could see straight away [Elliott] was a talented boy. I watched him a lot at the academy in that first season.
“Going to Blackburn on loan was a really good move for him. The way Tony Mowbray played him was great and he got a lot of games.
“His touch is excellent and the more he plays the better he will become. People just need to be patient as there will be times when he has a bad game.
“People can’t go crazy at him when that happens. We have heard the stories about Neco Williams and Rhys Williams getting all kinds of abuse.
“You have to careful with these players, give them time, let them settle in and let them find their feet.
“Manchester United bought Jadon Sancho for £73million and Liverpool have got Harvey Elliott. You can’t get carried away with just keeping on buying players.
“If Liverpool feel as though they have somebody there in the academy who is good enough and has had a really good summer training with the first team, you have to trust the people in control of Liverpool – and the manager.”