Martin Skrtel turns down “unacceptable” Liverpool contract

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Martin Skrtel has spoken about the “unacceptable” contract Liverpool have offered the long-serving centre-back.

LONDON, ENGLAND - Tuesday, January 27, 2015: Liverpool's Martin Skrtel looks dejected after losing 1-0 to Chelsea during the Football League Cup Semi-Final 2nd Leg match at Stamford Bridge. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It was reported last month that talks over a new deal had stalled after Liverpool included a clause relating to number of games he must play each season.

The Reds offered a three-year deal with the option of another year, but talks “hit a snag over a clause relating to the number of games he must play each season.”

The 30-year-old is quoted by Slovakian newspaper Aktualne explaining why he has rejected the offer.

Skrtel is asked:

Reportedly, the problem is that you would only receive the full amount of money under the new deal if you play quite a high number of games…

To which he replies: “It’s unacceptable for me.”

So that’s the obstacle, why you have not signed a new contract?

“Absolutely. I think that such contracts offered to players who are much older than me or the player who had some health problems. And I don’t feel so old that I could sign such an agreement.

The contract, which was introduced to me, [is] unacceptable, so I did not sign it.

“There have been some speculations about the interest of other clubs, but they are currently being addressed.”

Skrtel’s current deal expires next summer.

The Slovakian national team captain signed for Liverpool from Zenit St. Petersburg in 2008, making him currently the second longest serving player at the club, behind Lucas Leiva who joined the year before.

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