Liverpool midfielder Dirk Kuyt has confirmed the public suspicions of manager Roy Hodgson by admitting to talks over a summer move to Inter Milan.
Kuyt, 30, was a target of former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez, now in charge of the European champions, despite the Anfield club's insistence that the Holland international was not for sale.
Hodgson, Benitez's successor, complained last month of ‘something going on behind the scenes, possibly involving the agent of Dirk Kuyt and the manager of Inter,' and, speaking to Italian media following Holland's 5-0 victory in San Marino on Friday, Kuyt confessed to contact with Inter.
Kuyt said: “I cannot deny there were negotiations with Inter.
“It was pleasing to be courted by such a prestigious club, led by the coach who brought me to England and with whom I still have a great rapport.
“However, Liverpool declared I was not for sale and I am in any case happy to have stayed in the Premier League.”
Meanwhile, Alex Ferguson has named just 24 A-list players in his 25-man Champions League squad, with no room for Owen Hargreaves, Bebe or fringe defender Ritchie de Laet.
Hargreaves, 29, has spent the last two month in the United States undergoing rehabilitation on the knee injuries that have restricted him to less than a minute of first-team action since Sept 2008.
Although the England midfielder was selected for United's Premier League squad, Ferguson has given a clear indication of the player's continuing injury problems by omitting him from his European plans in the first half of the season.