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Skrtel ready for Reds talks
Martin Skrtel is prepared to sit down with new Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers and discuss the direction the club is taking before making a commitment on his future.
The defender is reported to have attracted interest from both Premier League champions Manchester City and Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala, meaning Liverpool are keen to offer Skrtel an improvement and extension to his current deal which has two years left to run.
Newly-appointed Liverpool boss Rodgers is eager to sit down with Skrtel and present his vision for the club after a disappointing 2011-12 campaign, and the player is equally as enthusiastic according to his agent.
"Some changes have been made at the club and he [Skrtel] wants to know what the aims and ambitions are," the player's agent Karol Cstonto was quoted as saying by the Sun. "And of course, we will discuss the issue of Martin's new contract."
The lack of Champions League football on offer at Anfield next season would not necessarily weaken the club's position when trying to persuade Skrtel to stay, added Cstonto.
"Liverpool is a big club and just because they haven't made the Champions League this year doesn't mean they would not do next year," he continued. "There are expectations on both sides, though."
Skrtel joined Liverpool from Zenit St Petersburg in January 2008 and has since made 173 appearances.