FABIO BORINI’S agent believes the Italian will remain at Liverpool this summer, despite Sunderland’s interest.
Sunderland have made no secret of their desire to see Borini return to the Stadium of Light - this summer, either on another season-long loan or in a permanent deal.
And there have been mixed messages from Merseyside over Borini’s prospects at Anfield.
While Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has stressed that Borini is part of his plans, particularly with the club facing the extra demands of Champions League football, there have been contrary reports that the 23-year-old could be available this summer.
But Borini’s representative, Marco De Marchi, expects the £11million frontman to stay at Liverpool after developing during his hugely successful campaign at Sunderland.
“I have read that people are talking about Sunderland trying to sign Borini permanently and I know for certain there is interest and not just from them,” De Marchi told the Italian press.
“There have been approaches from several countries, including Italy.
“I have not spoken to Brendan Rodgers yet but the player is tied to Liverpool by contract for another two years and at the moment I don’t see that he could leave.
“Anyone who wants Borini will have to talk to Liverpool but I know he would like to continue his Premier League adventure because it’s a style of football that suits him perfectly.”
Despite Borini finishing joint top of Sunderland’s scoring charts with 10 goals, it wasn’t sufficient for the former Roma man to fulfil his objective of forcing his way into Italy’s World Cup squad.
“When you do everything you can and you know certain things aren’t down to you then you can rest with a clear conscience,” De Marchi added.
“I don’t know if anyone from the national team came and watched him.
“There are lots of great attacking options in Italy’s squad - Alessio Cerci, Ciro Immobile and Mattia Destro, but I don’t think there’s anyone who has the same characteristics as Fabio.”