Martin Skrtel has rubbished rumours that he has agreed a deal to leave Liverpool in the summer and has indicated that his sole focus is on his country's ongoing Euro 2016 campaign. Slovakia are preparing to take on England in a crucial encounter that will decide in which position they finish Group B and determine if they will have a role to play in the next phase of the tournament.
The Reds defender's agent had confirmed offers from Turkey, Germany and China, but the Slovakian has made it clear that any decision regarding his future will be made after the conclusion of his country's participation in this summer's tournament. Fenerbahce were said to be leading the race for his signature, with the Liverpool Echo reporting that the Merseyside club had agreed a bid of around £5.5m ($7.8m) for the defender.
Skrtel has two more years to run on his current contract with the club, but has fallen out of favour under Jurgen Klopp, making just four appearances since the turn of the year. He struggled with form and fitness during the 2015/16 campaign and the imminent arrival of Joel Matip from Schalke will further limit his chances next season.
It is expected that the 31-year-old defender will leave the club in the summer in search of regular first-team football, but his final destination will only be known after Slovakia's participation in Euro 2016.
"Getting ready for the big one on Monday," Skrtel posted on Instagram ahead of Slovakia's clash against England.
"There were lots of rumours going around about my future so just to let you know there is nothing decided yet."
"I'm fully focused on the Slovakia national team and the Euros. All the other stuff I will have a look at after the Euros. Will keep you guys informed!" he added.
The Liverpool star, who will captain his national team against England, is likely to come up against Reds teammates Daniel Sturridge, Adam Lallana and Jordan Henderson on Monday (20 June). Skrtel has made it clear that there will be no friendships while they are on the pitch and has indicated that he will get stuck in even if he comes one-on-one with a club colleague.
"We can be friends before and after the game. On the pitch, there are no friends," the Slovakian defender said, as quoted by Sky Sports.
"If you asked Daniel, he'd answer the same. We try and do the best for the team. If that means having to kick him, then yes. Of course!