Carl Medjani denies reports he is close to Liverpool return

A player once on the books at Liverpool is seemingly not heading back there any time soon.

Trabzonspor defender Carl Medjani has denied claims he is closing in on a return to his former club Liverpool.

Last month, Talk Sport picked up on claims that appeared to originate from a Turkish website that the 30-year-old was closing in on a move to the Reds but now the player himself has told France Football there is no truth in the reports.

In comments later translated by Inside Futbol, the centre-back said, “I’m not happy at all with the operation. I’ve not spoken to this site (which quoted me) and there has been absolutely no contact with Liverpool.”

Medjani joined Liverpool in 2003 with then-manager Gerard Houllier signing a player who had allegedly attracted interest from the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Bayern Munich. But despite his reputation, the youngster failed to have any impact at Anfield and left three years later without a senior appearance to his name.

It was at French club Ajaccio where he got his career back on track, appearing 198 times for them, and now he finds himself in Turkey where the latest rumours of a second shot at Liverpool appear to have originated.

But as the player said himself, they are not true, leaving Reds boss Brendan Rodgers to look elsewhere for potential defensive reinforcements this summer.

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