Liverpool striker Fabio Borini looks set to remain at Anfield beyond the January transfer window after the player's agent denied he will be returning to Italy.
The 23-year-old has made just two Premier League starts this season and hasn't scored a goal for the club since April 2013 having been frozen out by manager Brendan Rodgers, who made the forward his first official signing on Merseyside.
Borini was heavily linked with a move to Sunderland during the summer transfer window but financial demands, coupled with Liverpool's struggles in attempting to replace Luis Suarez, meant the deal was cancelled.
With opportunities having been limited since Borini's return from a season-long loan spell at the Stadium of Light last term, the Liverpool man has been heavily linked with an exit in January but the player's representative says he will not be moving back to his homeland.
Agent Marco De Marchi said: "Borini and Caldirola will not return to Italy in January. I'm happy with Liverpool and Werder Bremen – the teams where they now play."
Though Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert have netted just one league goal between them this season, Borini has rarely been called upon this term, making just four starts coming in all competitions.
Though the ex-Chelsea and Swansea City striker's career has stalled on Merseyside, Rodgers does not believe the player regrets staying after seeing a move away from Anfield fall through at the 11th hour.
"I don't think he will regret staying," said Rodgers, who is likely to further reinforce his forward line during January.
"Fabio has his own mind, his own way of thinking and he didn't feel that Sunderland was the club that was his next step if he was going to leave here. I don't think it will bother him at all."