Can slams ‘false’ Liverpool wage rumours

The Germany international appears destined to leave Anfield at the end of the season when his current deal expires having failed to reach an agreement on an extension with the Reds.

Boss Jurgen Klopp is eager to see the midfielder stay on Merseyside and has not given up hope that he will change his mind, despite Can being strongly linked with other clubs across Europe.

Italian champions Juventus are thought to be leading the race for the 24-year-old but Manchester City are also believed to be keen, while Can is reportedly hopeful Real Madrid will enter the race. Wages are thought to be one of the sticking points to Can shunning interest from elsewhere and staying with Liverpool, reports at the weekend claiming he was demanding £200,000-per-week.

The former Bayer Leverkusen youngster has now taken to Instagram to deny those claims, insisting his current focus is on getting fit for this weekend’s game against Crystal Palace after returning from international duty with a back issue.

Can said: “Interesting stories about me in the press. I’m no longer going to comment on any false stories or rumours. “I’ve just returned from international duty with the German team and working on coming back from injury. Looking forward to getting back on the pitch asap.”