Gillett denies any plans to sell stake at Liverpool

LIVERPOOL co-owner George Gillett yesterday insisted he is not preparing to sell his stake of the club.

Gillett was left stunned when speculation surfaced suggesting he could be ready to auction his 50% share in Anfield.

Gillett has appointed financial advisers BMO Capital Markets to examine all his family’s investments across the globe and is believed to be in the market for a buyer for his Montreal Canadiens ice hockey team.

But he insists this is not the beginning of a process which would lead to him selling his stake in Liverpool.

“We have appointed advisers in different countries to assess our assets,” Gillett said. “We have engaged professionals who are doing some asset planning, it has nothing to do with any decisions to sell any assets.

“We may do some recapitalisation, but any links between what we are doing and the situation at Liverpool is incorrect.

“We have made no decision to sell.”

Meanwhile Reds defender Daniel Agger insists Rafael Benitez’s decision to stay at the club will have no influence over his talks about a new deal.

Benitez ended months of speculation over his future by signing a new five-year deal at Anfield last week. The Spaniard also revealed one of his top priorities after inking his new deal is to sort out the contracts of the likes of Agger and Dirk Kuyt.

Agger, who made his return from injury as a substitute against Aston Villa on Sunday, is adamant Benitez’s contract renewal will have no bearing over his own future.

“I will not sign with Benitez but with the club. That is something that I have to keep in mind,’’ Agger said.

The Danish international refused to consider whether Benitez’s decision to stay was good or bad news for his contract situation: “I don’t want to get involved in that. But he brought me to the club.’’

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