Emre Can says he could still remain at Liverpool beyond this season as the midfielder insists his contract dispute with the club is ‘not about money.’
Can’s deal at Liverpool is set to expire in the summer meaning the German is free to sign a pre-contract agreement with foreign clubs in January.
The 23-year-old has yet to reach an agreement over an extension with talks breaking down due to a dispute over whether the deal would include a buyout clause.
Reports in Italy suggest he has already agreed terms with Juventus over a move to the Serie A champions but Can insists he could still extend his stay at Anfield.
‘Why do you ask me this?’ Can queried the Liverpool Echo when asked where he would be next season. ‘Really, I concentrate on this season and let my agent handle all the rest.’
He added: ‘It is not about money, that’s all I can say. Yes I could [sign a pre-contract with a foreign club next month] but tomorrow [Friday] I could also sign for Liverpool. We’ll see.’
Liverpool have refused to include a realistic release clause in Can’s contract leading to talks breaking down between the two parties.
Jurgen Klopp will continue to play Can until the situation becomes a distraction but Liverpool now face seeing a £40million-rated player leave for nothing.
Tuttosport reported last week that Can already has his heart set on a move to Turin to play in the centre of the Juventus midfield.
The German international has made 16 appearances in all competitions this season and played the full ninety minutes of Liverpool’s 3-0 win at Stoke last time out.
Can joined Liverpool from Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen for £10m in July 2014. He has also been linked with a move to Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City and former club Bayern Munich.
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