Liverpool Confirm Fabio Aurelio Exit

Chris Wright

25th, May 2010


By Chris Wright

Bit of ‘breaking’ for you here. Liverpool have just confirmed that Brazilian defender Fabio Aurelio has turned down a new pay-as-you-play style deal and is to leave the club next week.

Due to his injury record, Liverpool were keen to to protect their interests by offering Aurelio a flexible deal based on appearances, but the 30-year-old has decided to seek a more secure contract elsewhere – thus ending his four-year stay at Anfield.

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, manager Rafael Benitez had this to say;

“Fabio’s contract is nearly finished and he is going to leave us. We had been trying to work something out with regards an extension but it was a pity that we couldn’t.

He has given us absolutely fantastic service. The one problem we had with Fabio was that he suffered too many injuries and it was such a pity because he has great quality.”

Aurelio’s continued absence during the latter half of this season meant that Benitez had to rely heavily on 21-year-old Emiliano Insua to fill in at left-back and the young Argentinian defender was found wanting on occasions, before succumbing to a back injury himself late in the campaign;

“With Fabio being out so much, it meant that we had to use Insua more than we would have liked and that was not easy for him.

Fabio is a top professional, a great player and a really good lad. It has been a pleasure having him here and we really will miss him. You are talking about an amazing person who gave 100% all the time. We wish him all the best.”

Here’s a bonus clip of the cheeky devil at his best…

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  1. spectator says:

    when fit and in form he was a very fine player. like harry kewell.

    liverpool’s left side seems to have been cursed ever since john barnes finished.

  2. massimo says:

    I heard Inter Milan will sign Rafa Benitez as replacment for Jose M, subject to the R Madrid deal is confirmed. My sources in Italy tells Inter Milan will pay 20Euros to Liverpool to prize away Benitez. The question is who will replace Benitez. I will keep you posted once I get some news.

  3. Chris says:

    @massimo: €20? I know he’s not great, but that’s a bit harsh!

  4. Deckard says:

    Rafa will be expensive because I think during last season he extended his contract with Liverpool. Something tells me he will stay and finally get the money he wants and start from scratch. I mean, it’ll be hard for LFC to get anyone better with a proven track record. Although Pellegrini will be available and I think he’s a good coach.

    Anyway, this is not a good decision though. Aurelio was by a mile their best left-back out of the many they had(Dossena, Insua etc) albeit he’s injury prone it’ll be very hard to get a decent replacement for him because good LB’s are scarce. A LB I would recommend is Urby Emanuelson of Ajax.

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