Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Purslow assures that Gerrard and Torres will not be sold

Liverpool chief executive Christian Purslow has pledged the club will not sell their star players despite the financial restrictions at Anfield.

Manager Rafael Benitez had little money to spend in the winter transfer window to bolster a squad which has had a poor first half of the season.
It is unlikely co-owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett will be able to provide substantial funds in the summer but, says Purslow, the likes of Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard will not be sold.
‘We are not a selling club, absolutely not,’ he declared.
‘Liverpool is one of the big four clubs in the world. We pay salaries and transfers at the level of the top four in this league and that is the sporting level I hope to maintain. Our problem is that we do not have two first XIs, as other clubs do. We do not have that financial capacity.’
Neither, insists Purslow, will the Reds allow Benitez to leave despite the continued interest in the Spaniard from Juventus.
‘It is normal that big clubs are interested in Rafa,’ he added.
‘There are many things I want in this life, but that does not mean that I can have them. We have not considered, nor are we going to consider, a future without Benitez.’

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