Hannover confident of holding onto Liverpool target Zieler

The goalkeeper’s agent insists the Premier League club have been watching the 24-year-old, but multiple sources at the German side say they will not be selling him

Hannover insist they have no interest in selling goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler to Liverpool, after the player’s agent stated that the Premier League side had “cast an eye” on him.
With Victor Valdes set to leave Barcelona this summer, speculation has been mounting that the Spanish champions have been looking at Pepe Reina as a possible replacement.

With that in mind, Zieler’s agent Gunther Neuhaus told Bild: “They [Liverpool] have cast an eye on Ron.” However, people at various levels of the Bundesliga side say they will not entertain any offers for Zieler.

“We wouldn’t even think about it,” stated coach Mirko Slomka. “Zieler is a fantastic keeper. It’s normal that he is in the focus. I’ve been wondering why no other club tried to sign him.”

Club president Martin Kind added: “Zieler will stay. We don’t need the money, we want [to] further [his] development at Hannover 96.”

Meanwhile, sporting director Dirk Dufner stated: “We have no interest in selling him. We are not worried because we are totally in charge.”

Rumours suggested that there was a condition in Zieler’s contract – which runs until 2015 – that would allow him to leave for a fee of €8 million (£6.8m). However, that is said to have expired on May 1.

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