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Former Liverpool attacker Toni Silva: Agents have wrecked career

Former Liverpool attacker Toni Silva has hit out at the agents who have held back his career.

Since leaving Liverpool seven years ago, Silva has played for eight clubs - from Dagenham and Redbridge to Turkish second division side Şanlıurfa SK.

In that time, he has had a series of agents, and has come to feel strongly let down by the system. In trying get his career back on track, he has even sought help from an old academy opponent.

"I used to speak with Paul Pogba when he was at Juventus and he was trying to help put me in touch with a better agent and with some clubs," Silva, now playing for Al Ittihad in Egypt, told BBC Sport.

"But it didn't work out. The problem is I have never had someone in my life to help me, to guide me, to give me direction and show me the way.

"Agents have taken advantage of me and I've had some terrible moves because agents were chasing money, not looking after me.

"I'm just trying to play football to support my family but I'm not sure how much longer I can take it.

"I really want to play in England again and this is keeping me going. I miss it so much and would do anything to play there.

"I think I am still playing now because of what English football taught me. To be tough, to be strong, and to fight. I try to remember this."

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