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Agent of Udinese's Zapata plays down Liverpool link

The agent of Udinese defender Cristian Zapata says his client will not be departing the club this summer.

The 24-year old Colombian last week intimated that he was close to moving to Liverpool but his representative, Massimo Italiani, suggests that his comments may have been lost in translation.

"The statements coming from South America travel too many miles and sometimes they have different meanings from the original ones," he told notiziariosportivo.com.

"There is no news regarding his future.

"Of course, his dream is to play in the Premier League one day, but to leave a club like Udinese you need a request from a big club.

"Cristian will now be involved in the Copa America and we hope he will be a key figure after having a fantastic season with his club.

"Udinese is the ideal environment for him to grow without much pressure."

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