Germany born Liverpool versatile midfielder Emre Can has denied reports that he is holding out for a bogus pay rise in other to extend his contract with the Merseyside club.
Can who joined Liverpool from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer 2014 will be in the final year of his current contract at the end of this season and reports have indicated that Jurgen Klopp wants the 23-year-old to commit his future to the club.
However, the tough tackler admitted that talks are ongoing and he just want to focus more on his football.
‘I read it was about money but it isn’t,’ Can said.
‘We’ve had a few good meetings and everything is fine. I am happy at Liverpool. You never know what will happen in football but I am happy and still contracted here.
Can is on £35k-per-week wage but Liverpool may not be able to meet his £100k-per-week wage demand. Although, in further speaking, he abruptly denied any pay rise saga with the Reds.
‘Everything is fine and I just wanted to say it is never about the money. It is about the future, what happens. The last few months, the most important thing has been that I am pain-free (from a calf issue) and we have spoken more about that than the contract.
‘We will speak in the next few weeks and months and see what happens. I want to play injury-free. The meetings are with my agent but I am very happy at Liverpool. In the future I can play for many years at Liverpool.
Beginning this term, Can has started only 16 Premier League matches, had six substitute appearances but he gave Jurgen a food for thought with his stunning winner against Burnley in their Premier League fixture last weekend.
Can is adept at tackling and winning the ball from opposition. Which means his presence will make the midfield of the Red impenetrable and solid
Liverpool will be hosted by Manchester City in their next League game and a win for the Anfield Landlords may see them move to second spot even though Tottenham and the Man City both have one outstanding matches each.