Liverpool target fuels big summer talk

Liverpool target Mathieu Valbuena insists he has not yet discussed his future with the new Marseille manager Marcelo Bielsa, amid speculation he could leave the club.

The French midfielder admits he had a poor season as Marseille finished sixth in Ligue 1, 29 points adrift of champions Paris Saint-Germain.

And it has been suggested that highly rated playmaker Valbuena will not fit into Bielsa’s plans next season, prompting speculation that he could be on his way to Anfield

Brendan Rodgers is a known admirer of the man and although he has a number of midfielders already, he is looking to add some more to his squad.

However, the 29-year-old remains calm about the situation, and coy about his future.

As quoted on the TalkSport website, he said: “I’m the pivot in this France side and I wish I could have produced the same performances for Marseille this season.

“I’m the first person to regret the poor season we’ve had and it has been a difficult year from a personal and a collective point of view.

“I don’t feel under pressure at Marseille. My form was pretty consistent but my performances also depend on the collective effort put in.

“I know Bielsa by name only. He’s bringing in an ambitious project. It’s been eight-years that I’ve been at Marseille now.

“People say I’m not trusted by Bielsa but that’s not true. He has his project but I haven’t discussed it with him yet.”


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