Fabio Borini insists he is ready to fight for his place at Liverpool and that he is in ‘no rush’ to return to Italy.
The 23-year-old spent last season on loan at Sunderland and rejected the Black Cats and QPR this summer, reportedly along with both Milanese clubs, in order to fight for his place in Merseyside.
Speaking to Gianluca Di Marzio’s website, the Italian commented on a hectic summer of speculation on where he would end up.
“The transfer market was like a storm. Now it has passed, I don’t have any problems anymore. My wish is to play at a top club and Liverpool is a top club,” Borini has reflected.
“I’m included in the Champions League squad. I’m in a great team that tries to win every competition and that’s what I want.”
Mario Balotelli’s arrival has increased competition for places, which doesn’t faze Borini.
“Staying at Liverpool was a goal. If I stayed here it’s because I thought I can play. It’s not for a thirst of greatness to keep my spot here. I’m not like that. If I stayed it’s because I think I could compete.
“Obviously there are good players, but if you want to win every competition you cannot do so with bad players.
“Hence we are all in the same boat and we are rowing in the same direction. I want to improve day after day.”
Borini was linked with Milan and Inter, but doesn’t see a return to Italy as a priority in his career.
“I’ve been raised from a human and football standpoint in England. I moved here at 16, I’ve lived here during my adolescence. Whether it’s England, Italy or Spain, it doesn’t’ change much.
“I do not think I have to go home [to Italy] at all costs. I’m not thinking about that.”