Duncan accuses Liverpool of “bullying”
Premier League side Liverpool have been accused of holding academy player Bobby Duncan against his will and damaging the 18-year-old’s mental health.
Reports claim that Duncan, who is Reds legend Steven Gerrard’s cousin, has not left his house for four days because of the stress of not being allowed to leave Anfield on loan.
It is believed that Liverpool have rejected season-long loan offers from Fiorentina and FC Nordsjaelland. In response to the club’s refusal, the player’s representative Saif Rubie posted a shocking statement which read: “A few months ago before the end of last season, Bobby had meetings with the club’s hierarchy including academy director Alex Inglethorpe.
“It was recognised that Bobby wasn’t happy at Liverpool for different reasons and Alex invited us to bring offers to the club for the exit of Bobby Duncan.
“For a player with zero first team experience, no clubs were prepared to pay an outright reasonable fee for a player they got for RM1.02million last summer.
“With that in mind we have been able to find clubs that were ready to take Bobby on a season-long loan with a option to buy for amounts of RM7.72million upwards which is a great return for the club on a player who will never play for the Liverpool first team and who doesn’t want to be there.
“The club and Michael Edwards specifically made it clear that that kind of deal wouldn’t work.
“So then myself and my team worked even harder and managed to get a deal on the table for a loan with an obligation to buy after five starts with a higher transfer fee than before and a sell-on to Liverpool.
“Putting all of that aside, the real reason Bobby missed the Under-23 game (against Southampton) on Monday is because he has suffered some deep mental health issues with all the stress the club has put him under.
“Stress of being told he can leave but then going out of their way to force him to stay against his will.
“Not only is he on a very small salary but he also has one season left on his contract after this one and Liverpool have flatly said he will not get a new one.
“Bobby has not left his room for four days because of this and will never go back to Liverpool again and my only concern now is his mental health and well being.
“This is not really dignified behaviour from a club with the rich history of Liverpool and one who one of their greatest ever players Steven Gerrard happens to be Bobby’s cousin.
“It’s a sad state of afford that a club such as a Liverpool can be allowed to get away with destroying the life of a young man such as Bobby.
“In this situation all that matters is the players health.”
Duncan initially retweeted the statement on his Twitter page – but has since removed it. He did however, remove the picture of him in a Liverpool jersey from his Twitter bio and Instagram.