Fabio Borini says his ambition throughout this summer’s transfer window was always to remain a Liverpool player.
The 23-year-old striker was the subject of much speculation regarding his future after returning from a season-long loan spell at Sunderland.
Liverpool accepted a £14 million offer for Borini from the Black Cats in July and a transfer deadline day bid from Queens Parks Rangers earlier this month.
However, Borini explained it was always his intention to remain at Anfield, continue his development as a player and fight for his place in Brendan Rodgers’ squad.
“This summer there has been many rumours. My wish is to play in a top club and Liverpool are a top club so there have never been any real problems. I know my aims and how I can achieve them.
“Staying at Liverpool is one of them. I’m in a big side who try to win each competition. And that is where I want to be.”
Borini was Rodgers’ first signing as Liverpool manager, completing a switch from AS Roma in 2012. Inter Milan were linked with taking him back to his homeland this summer, but Borini insists a return to Italy was never on the cards.
“There was no thought of whether to come back [to Italy] or not,” he added. “Because I grew in England I don’t think of it as to come back home, there isn’t a thought of it.”
Borini appears to be Rodgers’ fourth choice striker, behind Daniel Sturridge, Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert, however an injury to Sturridge in England training last week could let Borini back into the matchday squad during his potential absence.
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