Liverpool midfielder Can hits back over contract claimsby Rohan Toure 13/03/2017 20:15:00 0 comments 1 Views
- Emre Can has one year remaining on his £35,000-a-week contract at Liverpool
- Germany midfielder insists the delay over new deal is not about the money
- Talks have been placed on hold but dialogue will reopen at end of the season
- 23-year-old has put his inconsistent form down to an injury in his calf troubles
Emre Can has hit out at claims he is money motivated, despite not yet committing his future to Liverpool.
The Germany midfielder, who scored the winner against Burnley on Sunday, will have 12 months left on his contract at the end of the season but the prospect of him improving his £35,000-per-week terms was initially raised last summer.
It has been reported that Can is asking for £100,000 per week – a figure that would be far in excess of Liverpool's valuation – but he insisted that was not the case. Talks have been placed on hold.
Liverpool midfielder Emre Can has rejected claims he is holding out for £100,000-a-week
Can has experienced an indifferent period in the Liverpool side but scored against Burnley
Can maintains dialogue will reopen once the campaign is over, explaining that the priority is securing Liverpool's place in the Champions League.
'I read it was about money but it isn't,' said Can, who arrived from Bayer Leverkusen in summer 2014.
'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.
'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.
The German scored with a thunderous strike to extend Liverpool's cushion in fourth place
The former Bayer Leverkusen midfielder is focused on playing injury-free - not his 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.'
Having enjoyed an upturn in fortunes when Jurgen Klopp arrived at the club last season, Can's form has been erratic this time around with his performance against Burnley an indicator of how much he has swung from one extreme to another.
He had been poor in the first 45 minutes but emerged as a key figure in a crucial 2-1 victory. The 23-year-old has put his inconsistent form down to an injury in his calf that has prevented him from being able to run at times during games.
The 23-year-old made a sluggish start to the victory over the Clarets at Anfield
Can accepts he has not always taken his chance to impress Jurgen Klopp when handed games
'I know I could do much better in the past,' said Can. 'I've had a few calf problems but I kept going and I played. Maybe it was not good that I played and did not have a break but the last few weeks were better and I feel strong again.
'I've had calf problems for many years and it has been very difficult for me because I've played out of position which means more sprints and 10 minutes into the game I've not been able to feel my feet in a few games. I didn't like to go to the press and say 'I am injured'.
'I didn't play well when it was my opportunity to play and it was my mistake. I play in a different position now and I don't sprint too much. Last week (against Arsenal) was good, against Burnley was good and I was pain-free. It has been difficult but it is good again.'