MAXI RODRIGUEZ has denied speculation he's on the brink of signing for Newell's Old Boys in Argentina but the Liverpool midfielder's future remains uncertain.
Reports in South America suggested the 31-year-old had agreed a move back to the club where he started his career.
However, Rodriguez, who is in his homeland following the birth of his second daughter Aitana, insists that is not the case.
“I do not know where these things come from,” he said.
“I have one year left on my contract at Liverpool and did not talk to anybody.”
Liverpool insists there have been no discussions with Newell's about transferring Rodriguez, who had been expected to leave Anfield this summer.
Rodriguez had voiced his frustration at being restricted to just 17 starts under Kenny Dalglish last season and appeared to be saying goodbye to Reds supporters when he came off in the final home game against Chelsea.
However, the sacking of Dalglish and the appointment of Brendan Rodgers has raised the possibility of Rodriguez staying on for the final 12 months of his current deal.
Rodgers is keen to give fringe players the chance to impress in pre-season but he's unlikely to be able to guarantee Rodriguez the kind of regular first team action he craves.
Rodriguez started out with Newell's in 1999 before moving to Europe three years later when he signed for Espanyol.
The Argentina international was snapped up by Atletico Madrid in 2005 and then Rafa Benitez brought him to Anfield in January 2010.
He has scored 17 goals in 73 appearances for the Reds, including memorable hat-tricks against Birmingham City and Fulham.
His opportunities dried up under Dalglish last season and he has also attracted interest from a number of Spanish clubs as well as those in his homeland.