Liverpool Midfielder Alberto Aquilani Keen to Stay in Italy

Michael KohCorrespondent IIIMay 15, 2012

SIENA, ITALY - APRIL 29: Alberto Aquilani of AC Milan in action during the Serie A match between AC Siena and AC Milan at Artemio Franchi - Mps Arena Stadium on April 29, 2012 in Siena, Italy.  (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)
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Alberto Aquilani looks to prolong his stay in Italy rather than go back to Liverpool. He seems wishy-washy, hinting at a possible stay but eying to sign a permanent deal with AC Milan.

The quotes Aquilani as saying: "We’ll have to wait and see what happens when it comes to my future...The door is semi-open for me to stay here."

Milan played the creative midfielder just 23 times this season, just short of triggering his buy-up clause. quotes his agent Franco Zavaglia: 

If he hadn’t have picked up an injury then he would have certainly made the 25 appearances necessary....That would have resolved a lot of the problems.

We still haven’t spoken to Milan and I think we will get a clearer understanding of the situation in about 10 days.

Alberto wants to stay in Milan, but he has two years left on his Liverpool contract and we’ll need to see what they think about it.

Things went as they did, but there hasn’t been the final word yet.

Zavaglia and Aquilani plan to talk to Milan as well as Liverpool regarding his future at San Siro.

Although Aquilani has expressed his desire to stay in Italy, Liverpool's recent performance has indicated its need for a creative midfielder—a position that Aquilani plays but was loaned out for the season.

It seems as though no club in Italy wants to spend more than £10 million for the midfielder. Juventus had a chance to purchase Aquilani but opted not to, citing that the £12.5 million was too much. AC Milan will probably do the same—if not attempting to snatch the playmaker at a lower price, possibly £7 million. 

Liverpool is in dire need of a creative midfielder. They've had the position filled, but he was never available because he was in a different country for two seasons straight. If Aquilani was given a chance in the Liverpool XI at the start of the season, the Reds might have not hit the woodwork a record 33 times or finished in a lowly eighth place. 

Some have criticized Aquilani for his lack of pace in English football. The Italian plays the ball well: He has incredible vision and passing; we've seen that.

He was expected to fill the boots of Xabi Alonso, a Liverpool favorite and a maestro of the ball. Such were the expectations that criticism of the Roman were almost immediate. Comparisons were drawn, banners unfurled, chants conducted... 

Dalglish is certain that the Italian will be back in a red shirt for next season, saying: "You can’t predict the future but if that is what is going to happen—him coming back here—then it’s no problem. He came back last year. He’s a really good trainer and a really good lad. There’s no problem whatsoever."

Let's hope Aquilani stays—he still has two years left on his contract and a little bit of depth in the Liverpool midfield doesn't hurt, especially since he's experienced in the European campaign.