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Agent denies Liverpool defender is close to following in ex-Chelsea star's footsteps

Glen Johnson

Glen Johnson has been linked with a summer move to Roma, following in the footsteps of former Chelsea defender Ashley Cole.

The agent of Liverpool veteran Glen Johnson told Roma Press that there has been no contact with Roma, where fellow Englishman Ashley Cole currently plies his trade.

Out of a contract at Anfield in the summer, the 30-year-old is currently free to enter negotiations with clubs abroad with a view to his future.

Last week Johnson admitted to being in the dark about where he’ll be playing his football come next season, confirming talks with unnamed suitors of late.

The former Chelsea man also shared an interest in moving abroad with his Liverpool days almost certain to come to a close when the season concludes.

Eurosport Turkey have suggested that Galatasaray have registered strong interest in the Reds right-back, looking to replace the likes of Emmanuel Eboue and Sabri Sarioglu.

Over in Italy, however, widespread reports have claimed that Johnson is close to securing a move to Serie A with Roma – with La Gazzetta dello Sport and Sportitalia both claiming an agreement between the parties is close.

But the Englishman’s agent, Jonathan Barnett, has revealed in an interview with Roma Press that the Giallorossi haven’t come forward for his client’s services thus far.

Barnett said: “No, there hasn’t been any [contact] at the moment, no. He’s obviously looking for things at the moment. He’s looking at many clubs.

“Glen is obviously looking for somewhere where he can, obviously, turn around his career. That’s the most important thing for him. Where he can play nicely under a good club that’s challenging for things.”

Johnson has struggled for minutes at Liverpool this term, earning just 10 Premier League starts and playing less than 1500 minutes of football across all competitions.

The latter half of the campaign has been particularly troubling for the defender, who has seen extremely limited time on the pitch after recovering from a groin injury sustained in December.

In turn, it’s unsurprising that Johnson is in the market for a club where he’ll be granted greater opportunity, with his Bosman status making him an appealing option for some.

Ashley Cole found himself in a similar situation last term at Chelsea and opted to join Roma, an adventure Barnett noted the former England international is enjoying.

“I can’t really say if he [Johnson] is considering Roma. We’ve had no contact with Roma. Although, Roma would be a lovely place for him.

“Ashley Cole absolutely adores it there, I represent him as well. Ashley thinks very highly of Rome but we’ve had no contact with Roma regarding Glen.”

Despite this, Cole hasn’t found the Stadio Olimpico to be as fertile ground as he might have hoped. The ex-Chelsea star has largely played second fiddle to Jose Holebas at left-back.

The 34-year-old – with 11 Serie A starts under his belt to date – has come in for criticism from some sections of the Italian press, with Roma coming under fire for the deal.

Whether Johnson will get the chance to try his own hand in the Eternal City remains to be seen, as according to Barnett, the Giallorossi are yet to move for his signature.

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