Bobby Duncan breaks his silence by tweeting: ‘I just want to play football!’ – before deleting it within SECONDS – after his agent accused Liverpool of ‘holding Steven Gerrard’s cousin against his will’ as row over his future rumbles on
- Bobby Duncan has broken his silence following his agent’s row with Liverpool
- Duncan’s agent, Saif Rubie, accused the club of ‘bullying’ the player
- On Thursday afternoon Duncan tweeted: ‘I just want to play football!’
- The social media post was removed within seconds of being posted on the site
Liverpool youngster Bobby Duncan has spoken out for the first time since a public bust-up with his agent Saif Rubie and the club.
On Thursday afternoon Duncan took to social media site Twitter to write ‘I just want to play football!’ but the comment was almost immediately deleted.
Earlier, Duncan’s agent had released a lengthy statement in which he accused Liverpool of ‘holding him against his will and damaging his mental health’ while ‘bullying’ the player by not permitting a transfer.
Bobby Duncan broke his silence after his agent’s row with Liverpool, but instantly deleted it
Duncan has been subject of interest from Fiorentina and FC Nordsjaelland this summer
It was claimed Duncan has not left his house for four days because of the stress of not being allowed to leave Anfield on loan. Since the episode, Rubie has completely deleted his Twitter account.
Liverpool’s released a brief statement on the initial episode, brandishing Rubie’s words as ‘unfounded allegations’.
‘As the interests of the player in question are not best served by either inaccurate speculation, inflammatory statements or public discourse, we will be making no further comment,’ the club added.
Duncan joined Liverpool last summer after signing for his boyhood following a messy departure from Manchester City.
In his first season in the Anfield youth set-up, Duncan made 36 appearances for the Reds, scoring 25 goals and producing eight assists in total.
In the long statement produced by his agent and briefly shared by Duncan himself online, concerns over lack of playing time were aired, along with reference to a current low salary.
‘It was recognised that Bobby wasn’t happy at Liverpool for different reasons and Alex [Inglethorpe] invited us to bring offers to the club for the exit of Bobby Duncan,’ the statement read.
‘For a player with zero first team experience, no clubs were prepared to pay an outright reasonable fee for a player they got for £200,000 last summer.
‘With that in mind we have been able to find clubs that were ready to take Bobby on a season-long loan with a option to buy for amounts of £1.5million upwards which is a great return for the club on a player who will never play for the Liverpool first team and who doesn’t want to be there.
‘… the real reason Bobby missed the Under-23 game (against Southampton) on Monday is because he has suffered some deep mental health issues with all the stress the club has put him under.
‘Stress of being told he can leave but then going out of their way to force him to stay against his will.
‘Not only is he on a very small salary but he also has one season left on his contract after this one and Liverpool have flatly said he will not get a new one.’
As the statement immediately received a negative reaction, Rubie was drawn into conversation with Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher, where he hit out at the former defender for claiming to know what is going on behind the scenes.
‘You have made a big mistake & are hurting yourself but more importantly a young lads career. Throwing Stevie Gerrard’s name in also is embarrassing,’ wrote Carragher on his Twitter page.
Carragher continued: ‘I think Bobby Duncan should leave this guy before he gets sacked by the club.’
Rubie hit back, saying: ‘Do you want to give advice on how to spit at people from outside of a car? You’re the last person to say or know what’s really going on behind the scenes. Focus on your job and I’ll focus on mine.’
The football agent then went on to label Liverpool’s Sporting Director Michael Edwards a ‘glorified data analyst’ while questioning his values of player wellbeing.