Hodgson rules out star sales


Liverpool's new manager Roy Hodgson is adamant that neither Fernando Torres nor Steven Gerrard are for sale, following rumours of potential big-name exits from Anfield this summer.

Spain striker Torres has been linked with Chelsea, Manchester City and Barcelona, while England midfielder Gerrard was a reported target for Real Madrid.

However, Hodgson has spoken to both players and reassured them that the Reds are not about to offload any of their star performers.

He told reporters:"I have met with Fernando. I found him to be a very pleasant man and we had a nice conversation.

"As far as we are concerned he is a Liverpool player and we want him to remain a Liverpool player.

"He is not for sale and we don't welcome any offers for him. We want to keep him.

"We spoke about football, the World Cup, his injury and I told him how much I am looking forward to working with him.

"I have also met with Steven and thought the talks were positive.

"We are in a situation where we hear our players are being courted by other teams, but it is all just rumours.

"What we haven't had is a club wanting to buy Steven Gerrard. Steven Gerrard is not for sale – I made that clear to him.

"I told him I supported the club's policy that we don't want to sell our best players and have to start building again."

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