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Benitez dismisses Agger exit talk

Daniel Agger
Agger has 18 months remaining on his Anfield contract

Liverpool defender Daniel Agger is determined to remain at Anfield according to manager Rafael Benitez.

The Reds boss also denied contract talks had stalled with the Danish 23-year-old because of wage demands.

Agger has only played six Premier League games this season, but Benitez said: "He is very happy here. He is not playing badly, but he can do better.

"He knows he has not been playing at the same level he achieved last season, but I am still pleased with him."

Agger joined Liverpool in January 2006 and impressed in his first season, but missed much of last season through injury. In the current campaign he has struggled to make the starting line-up with Martin Skrtel and Jamie Carragher impressing at the back.

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Despite reports that Agger's representatives were looking to double his current salary, as well as speculation over a possible move to AC Milan, Benitez insisted the player was committed to the club.

"is new deal is not a problem. He has an agent (to deal with that) and Daniel can concentrate on football," the Spaniard added.

"He is very competitive, and his only concern is how he can improve. His commitment to the club is 100% and he does not want to leave."



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