Martin Skrtel will talk with Liverpool over the security of the defender’s future at Anfield next week, his agent has confirmed.
Skrtel has been the subject of increasing speculation surrounding his career on Merseyside, being linked to several European clubs including Rafa Benitez’s Napoli.
Now his agent says the player wants clarification on whether he is part of Brendan Rodgers’ plans at Liverpool, with the Northern Irishman having already secured the services of Ivorian international defender Kolo Toure next season.
Sky Sports report Skrtel’s agent, Karol Csonto as saying to Radio Crc, “There has been no contact between the two clubs. Martin has a contract with Liverpool and it is important to honour that.
“Obviously Napoli know Martin well, but there cannot be any contact between us and them if they do not first reach an agreement with Liverpool.
“I will be in England next week to talk with Liverpool and define Martin’s future.”
Skrtel has made 206 appearances for the Reds since signing from Zenit St Petersburg in 2008.
Last week Skrtel admitted his performances of late have been under par after the 28-year-old lost his place in the team to Jamie Carragher during the 2012/13 campaign.
“It wasn’t my best season and I know I made a few mistakes,” Skrtel admitted in the Liverpool Daily Post.
“It could’ve been better and I will do my best to improve and be better in the future.
“I can always learn something new. I will try to improve my positional play and my game with the ball. Every single day I can improve something and that is what I will try to do.”