King Luis staying put, says Rafa

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In the aftermath of the Morientes transfer to Valencia, Rafa Benitez has moved quickly to dispel rumours that another of his Spanish stars, Luis Garcia, is also heading for a shock exit from Anfield.

Rafa says Fernando Morientes can leave Anfield with his head held high after Liverpool agreed a £3m deal with Valencia for the striker.

However, the Reds boss was swift to end speculation which has swept Merseyside regarding Luis Garcia’s future, insisting:

‘Luis is part of our long-term plans.’

While Morientes departure comes as no surprise, Garcia has been bizarrely linked with a summer exit, with suggestions his family are unsettled.

But Rafa insisted today: ‘I’m really happy with Luis and I know he is happy at Liverpool. He is an important player for us and he is still part of our plans.

‘If people are saying he isn’t settled here it’s not true. He’s scored alot of important goals for us and he wants to continue to score goals and play well for us in the future.’

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