Agger: Why I didn’t join Barca

Daniel Agger has told of the reasons he did not join Barcelona this summer, although he refused to rule out a future Liverpool departure.

The Catalans turned to Agger after failing to lure David Luiz away from Chelsea with a reported €40m bid, but the Danish international defender says the decision to sell him to Barcelona was left entirely up to the Anfield outfit.

“The decision to let me go to Barca was up to Liverpool but they wouldn’t sell me, so that was that. We can always talk about that again later,” said Agger in an interview with Danish newspaper Ekstrabladet.

“In January I’ll have been with Liverpool for eight years. If you added up how many centre-backs have gone through the system during that time then you’d need to use one hand.

“That’s a lot and I’m still there. I think that’s the reason I’m still at the club, I know it is!”

Agger, 28, says he is happy to stay and fight for honours with the Premier League club and complete the remainder of his contract, although he conceded he is in the dark as to what the future holds.

“Staying at Anfield is all about making the team as strong as possible and I’m hungry to win things, and I believe that’s possible.

“I’m interested in being part of a 25-strong squad of players and those the club brought in over the summer obviously helped to raise our level.

“However, I don’t know if I’ll leave Liverpool and right now I have two-and-a-half years left on my existing deal, which I intend to fulfil, so I’m glad I’m here and playing well.

“We have a great team and if we can win something that would be great because Liverpool is a massive club,” he added.

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