Cillessen will respect Arsenal & Liverpool rejectionJune 6, 2018
Jasper Cillessen has said he will respect Barcelona’s decision to reject bids from Arsenal and Liverpool this summer.
Sport state that both Premiership sides are on the lookout for a new goalkeeper and Cillessen is a player that has attracted both Unai Emery and Jurgen Klopp.
The 29 year-old has mostly played in Copa del Rey games since his arrival in 2016. The Catalan side have won the trophy in two successive seasons however and Cillessen has had some outstanding performances in the tournament, including finding Philippe Coutinho with a 70 metre pass in this season’s final against Sevilla, which in turn led to Luis Suarez’s first goal of the evening.
It is believed that he has a buy-out clause of €60 million included in his contract, a vast increase on the €13 million Barcelona paid Ajax for his services.
The Barcelona newspaper believes that Arsenal’s new manager, Emery, has asked the hierarchy to sign a goalkeeper over the summer break with current number one Petr Cech turning 36 this summer.
Any such deal could be rejected by Barca though, who still believe the Dutch international has a place at the Camp Nou.
“I think that I played well in the matches I had in the Copa del Rey,” Cillessen told Fox Sports Netherlands, as cited by ESPN FC.
“I need to wait patiently. The only thing I know is that Barcelona won’t sell me.
“Arsenal and Liverpool aren’t bad clubs but if Barcelona say, ‘We love you,’ then I’ll accept their decision and continue there.
“I’ll wait until we return on July 16 to see what they’ve decided. I don’t know anything. If the club wants to keep me, I’ll accept that. I signed a five-year deal with them.”
Liverpool meanwhile, are desperate to find a new keeper after the failings of Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius.
The Reds have already signed midfielders Fabinho and Naby Keita this summer and following Karius’ errors in the Champions League final loss over Real Madrid, the paper state that Jurgen Klopp is looking for a new number one at Anfield.