Daniel Agger doesn’t need loyalty lessons.
According to the latest Liverpool transfer news, Manchester City, the reigning Premier League Champions, wants to acquire the 27-year-old Danish defender. While many footballers would jump at the opportunity to hop on such a talented club, Agger isn’t interested. Despite hearing his name thrown around in rumors, he still desires to call Anfield home.
Andy Hunter of The Guardian reported Agger talked about those rumors this past weekend with displeasure. He said: “I'd rather stay. I can't imagine playing for any other club in England but you never know if the club thinks it's better to sell me.”
Liverpool needs money. It spent big bucks last summer and if the Reds plan to make another major splash, they must restock their bank account.
But is selling Agger worth it? Not just because they’d lose a talented defender, but because the Reds would be aiding an EPL rival? Agger addressed his link to the Blues and said (via The Guardian):
I know there has been interest from Manchester City, but I don't know what Liverpool are responding to it. I am fine with my situation. The club will have to find out what they want to do. I've heard nothing from them. I'd rather stay but that decision is not up to me at the moment.
City snuck past Manchester United to win its first Premier League crown this past season. An opportunity to play alongside Sergio Aguero and David Silva would excite most. Agger, though, would rather stick with the club that he’s played for since 2006.
The Denmark star went on to explain that he holds no weight in the decision making process, but that didn’t stop him from again confirming where he wants to be. He said (via The Guardian):
Yes, Liverpool can do a deal even though I have two years on my contract. But no, I haven't changed my mind on the subject. Some times you can end up in a position where it's not your decision. I don't want to be somewhere I am not wanted but I would prefer if they want me to stay. That is my first priority.
Fans will see in the coming days whether or not the Reds are as loyal to Agger as he is to them.
David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.