Kolo Toure has rejected a move to Turkish side Trabzonspor to stay at Liverpool for the coming season and fight for his future.
The Ivorian veteran was expected to head away from Merseyside this summer, with Brendan Rodgers having invested £20m in Dejan Lovren.
Toure was already behind Mamadou Sakho, Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger in the pecking order, and now it looks as if he is yet further away from being a started at the heart of the Reds’ defence.
But the two-time Premier League winner – with Arsenal and Manchester City – says that Rodgers wants him to stay put and that he’s ready to commit himself to Liverpool for another campaign:
“Trabzonspor are interested in me, but I am happy to be a Liverpool player – especially as the coach reiterated his confidence in me for what I bring to the group.” He is quoted by The Metro.
“He wants to keep me to help Liverpool cope with all the competitions they are in. It’s true that I have to look at all possibilities. If I sense there’s a need to leave, then I will see.
“There’s a possibility that I may need to drop into a lesser league to earn more playing time, but I am a battler and I have decided to stay at Liverpool.
“It’s true that things can change at any time. For the moment, I repeat, I am at Liverpool and I hope to stay at the club.
“For now, Trabzonspor is a no. But in football, anything can happen.”
The 33-year-old started last season as a regular in Liverpool’s XI, but a number of high profile errors saw him slide away from the action.