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Borini delighted to snub QPR for Liverpool stay

ESPN staff
September 2, 2014
Fabio Borini, left, shares a joke with Liverpool team-mate Lucas Leiva. The striker refused a move away from Anfield to QPR © Getty Images

Liverpool striker Fabio Borini has declared that he is "very happy" to stay at Anfield after a deadline-day transfer to QPR collapsed.

Borini looked set to move to Loftus Road on Monday when the two clubs agreed a deal for an initial fee of £10 million.

But the deal fell through, with QPR manager Harry Redknapp claiming the striker's wage demands were too high.

Borini responded with a series of cryptic posts on Twitter, in which he insisted that his decision against leaving Liverpool was the right one.

"Finally the madness is finished," he wrote. "I protected the MAN and the player that I am today, taking all the responsibility of the situation and for people who didn't want it… and I'm VERY happy with myself to have taken such an important decision!"

It is unclear who Borini's implicit criticism was aimed at, but his decision to stay on Merseyside is likely to limit severely his chances of regular first-team football this season.

Manager Brendan Rodgers has made clear that the Italy international would play only rarely by staying, with Daniel Sturridge and Mario Balotelli the first-choice forwards and Rickie Lambert considered the main back-up option.

It is the second time this summer that a move for Borini has fallen through after Liverpool agreed a fee to sell him.

A £14m fee with Sunderland was agreed in July, but the 23-year-old decided against a move to the Stadium of Light.

Reacting to the collapse of QPR's move for Borini, Redknapp told Talksport: "We couldn't get anywhere near [the wages] he was asking for.

"His wages were way, way, way out of reach. Believe me, they were big wages. We just couldn't get near him."

Despite the collapse of two potential moves away from Anfield for Borini, Liverpool reportedly refused to consider sending the player out on loan.

Borini's agent Marco De Marchi says Inter Milan were among the clubs looking to take the striker on a temporary basis, but were knocked back by Liverpool.

The agent also claimed that the offer Borini turned down from Queens Park Rangers was not suitable for "an important player".

"The player still has two years on his contract with Liverpool and they decided not to consider offers for a loan," De Marchi told Italian site fcinternews.it.

"Inter Milan and other very important clubs in Europe wanted him on loan.

"Liverpool didn't accept and then QPR made an offer to buy him immediately. But the proposal for the player was not a proposal for an important player.

"Now Fabio will stay with Liverpool and try to convince the coach to give him a chance. He is used to fighting for things.

"I don't know what will happen in the January market."

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