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Emre Can Insists He Could Sign New Liverpool Contract Amid Juventus Rumours

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistJanuary 16, 2018

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 01:  Emre Can of Liverpool in action during the Premier League match between Everton and Manchester United at Goodison Park on January 1, 2018 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Liverpool midfielder Emre Can has insisted he's yet to make a decision over his future amid continued links to Juventus

The Germany international's contract with the Reds is to expire at the end of the campaign, meaning he is free to discuss terms with potential suitors outside of the Premier League with a view to a free transfer in the summer.

Sky in Italy (h/t Sky Sports) recently reported that Can had agreed a deal with Juventus, but he has said nothing is final yet.

"My agent is looking after everything, but I am here until the summer," he said, per Sky Sports. "I haven't signed anything (with Juventus) or anyone. I am talking with everyone; of course, I am talking with Liverpool. Why not? I still have a contract here. It is an amazing club. What can I say? My agent does the rest."

The 24-year-old has split opinion in the Liverpool fanbase this season, as some good displays have been followed by passive ones.

Football writer Ben Webb commented on Can's performance in the 4-3 win over Manchester City on Sunday, suggesting the club should be doing all they can to keep the player:

Ben Webb @BenWebbLFC

When Emre Can puts in a monumental shift like yesterday – it hits home just how good a player we may be losing. He's not perfect, but that was a 24-year-old, no where near his peak, absolutely bossing a midfield full of stars. He could dominate our midfield for years.

All the attributes are there for Can to go on to become one of the finest midfield players in European football once he's matured.

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 29: Jurgen Klopp the head coach / manager of Liverpool embraces Emre Can of Liverpool at full time after the Premier League match between Stoke City and Liverpool at Bet365 Stadium on November 29, 2017 in Stoke on Trent,
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He has the physicality to cope with the robust Premier League, can drive forward with the ball and has the composure in possession to make an impact in the final third. He also showed against City he has the energy to play a key part in a pressing team.

There's no doubt he's improved under the guidance of manager Jurgen Klopp, and Bayern Munich US' Cristian Nyari suggested he's now a crucial player for the Reds:

Cristian Nyari @Cnyari

Emre Can was brilliant today. He's proving this season he earns a spot on Germany's World Cup squad.

However, the fact he has less than half a season to run on his contract is indicative of a footballer not content with life at Anfield.

Juventus are a tempting proposition. The Bianconeri have dominated Italian football for many years and regularly contend for the UEFA Champions League.

As noted below by the SPORTbible account, Juventus have a habit of picking up players on free transfers:

SPORTbible @sportbible

Players Juventus have signed on a free: ✅ 2009: Fabio Cannavaro ✅ 2011: Andrea Pirlo ✅ 2012: Paul Pogba ✅ 2013: Fernando Llorente ✅ 2014: Kingsley Coman ✅ 2015: Sami Khedira ✅ 2016: Dani Alves ✅ 2018: Emre Can Superb business 👏 https://t.co/N7lz4wdlrj

Still, the project at Anfield is an exciting one. Not only are Liverpool playing some thrilling attacking football, they appear the most likely challengers to Manchester City at the summit of the Premier League table in the long term.

It would make sense if Can wanted to remain a part of this setup, as the Reds are a side with momentum at their backs. If Liverpool can eventually get him tied down despite admiring glances from Turin, it would be a major boost.

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