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Benitez sets Crouch price
09 May 2008 - 07:05:25
Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez has placed a £15million price-tag on England striker Peter Crouch, who is a target for several other Premier League clubs.
Crouch has grown frustrated at a lack of first-team starts with the Reds and has been linked with a possible return to former club Portsmouth, despite having another 12 months to run on his current Anfield contract.
Benitez confirmed: "We have offered Peter a new contract.
"Nobody was talking about him when we signed him from Southampton and then everyone was criticising him because he was not scoring goals.
"But I supported him and now he wants to play every week. We know that Portsmouth are always in the media, talking, every time. But we have had no official offers, just talking.
"But if we receive an offer, £15million or more would be reasonable, I want the best for Crouch and the best for my club.
"I talked to him before and I have talked to him two days ago. He knows my position and I know his position, we are professionals we want the best for each of us.
"But now he is a different player, he is a big name. For the last month we have heard that he wants to play, he wants to leave and that there are other clubs who would like to sign him.
"We will now wait and see whether there are any offers. Then we will talk with him. Clearly we would want a big price."