Aquilani future ‘depends on Juve’

On-loan Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani has expressed his

desire to remain at Juventus long term – even though Reds manager

Kenny Dalglish suggested he could stay on at Anfield. The

26-year-old lasted just one injury-troubled season on Merseyside

after his £17million move from Roma. He started to show

glimpses of his true form towards the end of the 2009-10 campaign

but the departure of Rafael Benitez, the man who brought him to

England, effectively sealed his fate. Benitez’s successor Roy

Hodgson ushered the Italy international out on loan after just two

pre-season friendlies and a couple of substitute appearances in a

Europa League qualifier. Dalglish, however, is an admirer of the

midfielder’s talents and yesterday said: “He could be coming back

to play for Liverpool. He could be a valuable asset here next

season.” Aquilani though seems intent on remaining in his homeland,

although with Juventus apparently unwilling to pay the

£14million fee agreed at the outset of his loan deal, his

future remains unclear. “My situation is simple. It all depends on

Juventus – if they want to, (they can) buy me without asking

anyone’s opinion,” Aquilani told Gazzetta dello Sport. “I would

like to stay in Turin for a long time and win a lot. “I want to be

a protagonist in the new winning cycle that is opening up at

Juventus. “I have no doubt that Juve’s project is a winner, they

just need a little patience.” Aquilani also feels, after 29 Serie A

appearances for Juventus, that he has finally shaken off his

injury-prone reputation. “I played with great continuity, without

any particular problems,” he added. “I finally removed the tag of

me always being injured. I knew I was healthy, that I was just

unlucky in the past, but in football people just want to label

someone.”