Alberto Aquilani returns to training… on Merseyside

Italian midfielder Alberto Aquilani will return to pre-season training at Liverpool this week, despite having spent the last two seasons out on loan.

No deal has been reached between the Reds and AC Milan, where he spent the 2011/12 campaign or Juventus, where he was previously.

Since signing from AS Roma for around £18million in 2009, Aquilani has played in only 18 league games for Liverpool, and continues to be plagued by injuries.

“At the moment Aquilani is a Liverpool player and will certainly start pre-season training with them, then we’ll see what happens,” Aquilani’s agent, Franco Zavaglia, told TMW.

“The new manager will decide whether to keep him or not. I don’t think he’s coming back to Italy and he hasn’t expressed any particular preference, but this time I hope Liverpool can tell us in time if he’s not part of their plans so we can find him the right club.

“Recently, apart from a slight ankle sprain, Aquilani has had no major fitness problems. The real problems were when he had ankle surgery at Liverpool.”

Aquilani is keen on a permanent return to Italy, but has two years left to run on his contract with the Reds.

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