Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez has claimed that La Liga Champions Real Madrid are not really interested in defender Daniel Agger, despite Los Merengues vice-president Jose Angel Sanchez confirming that a bid for Agger in January was “likely” on Friday.
"He [Agger] is a player we have been looking at for a long time and it is likely we will bid for him in January. He is a world-class player and without doubt he would fit into our plans,” Sanchez told The Times.
Benitez however, stated on Friday that the Danish International was not for sale and has contacted the Spanish side to make clear the situation, with the former Valencia coach also claiming to have a fax from Real denying any interest in bringing Agger to the Bernabeu.
“I have talked to the people at Real Madrid over Agger, and they have sent a fax to our club saying that it is not true, they are not talking to the player or his agent,” said Benitez.
“They are not interested in him. They know he is a good player but they have enough centre backs. It was very clear from them, the player is not for sale.”
23-year-old Agger joined the Reds in 2006 from Brondby and his present deal with Rafa Benitez’s side runs out in 2010, with it understood that the defender is growing frustrated at the lack of first-team opportunities at the Premiership club, but the Spaniard has insited he must fight for his place like every player.
“He is happy. He wants to play, just like every player, but he will fight for his position.”