The agent of Dinamo Moscow winger Balazs Dzsudzsak has played down reports claiming the player is close to making a January move to Liverpool.
The Hungary international, who joined Dinamo from rival Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala a year ago, has been linked with a switch to Brendan Rodgers' side. However, his agent, Jozsef Vorosbaranyi, has now dismissed speculation surrounding his client and insisted the 26-year-old will not leave Moscow in this transfer window.
"We read this rumour and could not comprehend it. Balazs Dzsudzsak is a Dinamo player and we deny these rumours that he'd leave Moscow. These false stories can be harmful," Sky Sports quoted Vorosbaranyi as saying.
However, the agent's comments contrast with those of Dzsudzsak, who recently stated he was ready to leave Russia.
"I wouldn't mind changing. But only if it suits my club, my aims and my progression. I've been living for a long time in Moscow and honestly it's difficult for me to adapt," Dzsudzsak pointed out.
"Seventeen million people live here and they keep rushing to get somewhere. My days are just about training and sitting in my car in a traffic jam. My dream is to play for a German or Spanish team. People are talking about some rumours but I've never cared about the gossips," the player added.
Dzsudzsak has earned 49 senior caps for Hungary since making his debut in 2007. The wide man has failed to settle in Russia, but scored 41 goals in his last two seasons with former club PSV Eindhoven.
Benitez: I Wanted to Sign Cazorla for Liverpool
Meanwhile, Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez has revealed he made an attempt to sign Spanish playmaker Santi Cazorla while he was in charge of Liverpool.
The 28-year-old joined Arsenal from Malaga in the summer. However, Benitez says the La Roja international could have arrived in the Premier League much earlier, if the Reds had funds to lure him away from his former club, Villarreal.
"The chairman there [Villareal] wanted to keep the team and didn't want to lose one of his best players. It wasn't possible to sign him because it was a big risk with the amount of money we had to spend," Benitez told Goal.com
"At the time he was a winger and not playing between the lines or as a second striker. We knew he could be a great player but he was [going to cost] too much at the time and we could not afford him," the Spaniard added.
Benitez will come up against Cazorla at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.