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Liverpool have been given hope of their seek for a midfielder after Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard decided to depart starlet Carney Chukwuemeka out of his squad for his or her tour of Australia. The Reds are amongst a complete host of clubs who’ve been linked with the 18-year-old this summer.

Chukwuemeka, who joined the Villa academy as a 12-year-old back in 2016, is one in all the brightest prospects to return through a Premier League academy and signed his first skilled deal in October 2020 after turning 17.

His contract at Villa Park is ready to run out next summer and he has refused to place pen-to-paper on a recent deal amid interest from Premier League giants Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal and Newcastle and European powerhouses Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Juventus and Atletico Madrid.

And Gerrard has decided to point out exactly what he thinks of the situation by snubbing the ace for the trip Down Under. “Carney is yet to sign a contract offer that has been in place for a while,” Gerrard revealed after the squad touched down. “I’ve decided the very best thing could be to proceed his training programme.”

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Gerrard shall be hoping the speculation across the player’s future doesn’t overshadow Villa’s pre-season preparations as they face Leeds on the Suncorp Stadium on Sunday, before taking over A-League side Brisbane Roar at Queensland Country Bank Stadium next Wednesday and Manchester United on the Optus Stadium the next Saturday. But the previous England midfielder shall be hoping his tough stance doesn’t work against him.

Liverpool have reportedly been scouting Chukwuemeka since he was a 16-year-old as they seek for a midfielder who can provide the heartbeat of their side for years to return. And if the Reds come calling, it could possibly be hard for the teenager to show them down. But Jurgen Klopp’s side will first have to win the upcoming transfer battle in the event that they are to get their hands on the star.

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