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'It isn't about money' - Can refutes claims of £100k-a-week demands at Liverpool

Goal.com logo Goal.com 13-03-2017

Emre Can insists reports claiming that he has made unreasonable demands during contract negotiations with Liverpool are wide of the mark.

It has been suggested that the German midfielder is looking to double his money to around the £100,000-a-week mark at Anfield.

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No agreement on an extension has been reached as yet, meaning that Can could enter the final 12 months of his current deal this summer.

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Exit rumours have been sparked amid the talk of a breakdown in communication, but the 23-year-old is adamant that finances will not be a deciding factor in any further discussions.

He told reporters: "I read in newspapers it was about money, but it isn't about money.

"We've had a few good meetings and everything is fine. I just wanted to say it is never about the money. It is about the future, what happens.

"You never know what will happen in football, but I am happy here.

"We will speak in the next few weeks and months and see what happens.

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"The meetings are with my agent, but I am very happy at Liverpool. In the future I can play for many years at Liverpool."

Can has struggled for form at times this season but maintains that fitness issues, rather than any uncertainty regarding his future, have led to him falling short of his best.

After netting the winner in a 2-1 victory over Burnley on Sunday, he added: "The last few months the most important thing has been that I am pain-free and we have spoken more about that than the contract.

"I've had calf problems for many years and it has been very difficult for me - 10 minutes into the game I've not been able to feel my feet in a few games - but I didn't like to go to the press and say, 'I am injured'.

"Maybe it was not good that I played and did not have a break. I didn't play well when it was my opportunity to play and it was my mistake.

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"I play in a different position now and I don't sprint too much.

"When I play at eight (a more attacking midfield role) I have to go forward and sprint more; when I play at six I don't have to sprint too much.

"I feel good at the moment. I have to come back to the old Emre because when I am fit I know what I am able to do and I am confident enough to know I can play much better than in the past."

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