Real give up on Gerrard as Iniesta hints on Torres decision

Real Madrid won’t be pursuing the purchase of Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, the club have confirmed.

As we reported yesterday, the Reds set an asking price of around £60million for the England international midfielder, but Real have been put off by both this and his age – 30.

“Kaka will stay at Real, but the president does not agree with Gerrard because he is 30 and Florentino Perez doesn’t want to know,” said Ernesto Bronzetti, transfer consultant at Real.

“Plus, Liverpool asked for 70million euros.”

It is likely that Gerrard will now remain at Anfield. His current contract expires in 2013, a deal he signed last year worth a reported £26million.

Meanwhile Spanish World Cup hero Andres Iniesta has hinted that Fernando Torres will make a decision about his future within the next two weeks.

Torres has returned to Madrid after Spain’s triumph in South Africa and is due to hold talks with new Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson over his future shortly, amid rumours linking him with a £50million move to Chelsea.

“Fernando was fully focused on Spain and we didn’t even talk about his future until last night,” said Iniesta.

“He is going to take a break with his wife and daughter, speak to Liverpool and take things from there.

“Any club that has him is lucky to have him. David Villa says Torres is the most complete striker in the world and his future will be decided in the next two weeks.”

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