Agent: £10.5m Liverpool striker won't leave to answer Italian call

Fabio Borini’s agent has ruled out a move back to the striker’s homeland with Udinese.

The Liverpool-owned front man struck the winner for Sunderland from the penalty spot on Tuesday to lift his loan club to a 2-1 victory over Manchester United.

Gus Poyet’s men will still have to contest the second leg of the League Cup semi-final tie – but the 22-year-old already looks to be following up his heroics against former employers Chelsea with more this round.

Monday saw a shock announcement back in his homeland, however, as Udinese talisman Antonio Di Natale – scorer of 182 goals in all competitions for the Zebrette – announced he will retire at season’s end.

The Friuli club has refused to believe the 36-year-old is serious about hanging up his boots, but nonetheless Gazzetta dello Sport named Borini as his heir apparent.

Though following Udinese sporting director Cristiano Giaretta’s dismissal of the Reds man as a transfer target, Borini’s agent has now confirmed his client will remain of Liverpool’s books.

“I believe that it’s inappropriate to talk about the market,” Marco De Marchi told “But I can say that Borini will return to Liverpool at the end of the season where he is appreciated by Brendan Rodgers, who strongly wanted him.

“He was his first purchase, having already coached him at Chelsea and Swansea.

“With all due respect to Udinese, a great club that works well, I think Fabio when fit can aspire to top European clubs.”

Borini has previously been linked with a return to hi native Italy – where he enjoyed a fruitful run with Roma – particularly with Fiorentina.

Yet it appears the striker remains committed to a future in England, even if that means competing with Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturrdge for minutes upon his return to Anfield.

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