Liverpool have lost another talent this summer in the person of Bobby Duncan who is a cousin to legend Steven Gerrard – after revealing he was worried about his ability to get into the first team picture.
Duncan, 18, decided to leave Liverpool amid claims the Premier League club were ‘damaging his mental health’.
Fiorentina had an initial offer to loan Duncan for the season rejected by Liverpool, prompting an outburst from his agent Saif Rubie, who accused the Anfield club of “bullying” the young forward.
Italian agent Vincenzo Morabito, who helped secure Duncan’s move, says the player turned down Manchester United and Lazio before agreeing a £1.8million transfer to the Serie A club.
He told Sportsmail: ‘It all started in April. Saif Rubie [Duncan’s agent] contacted me and we set to work to find new accommodation for Bobby.
‘The boy did not want to betray Liverpool and said no to Manchester United who insisted so much with him. ‘He could have gone to Lazio but relations with Liverpool are very bad and nothing was done. ‘(Lazio manager) Simone Inzaghi would have made him grow a lot and I hope he is like that with (Fiorentina boss) Vincenzo Montella.’
Meanwhile, Duncan thanked his former club Liverpool after signing a three-year deal with Serie A side Fiorentina.
He wrote on Twitter: ‘I want to thank everybody at Liverpool from the coaches, staff and players for contributing in my development at the club.
‘I move on with very special memories. Thank you.’