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By ESPN Staff
Apr 21, 2006

Gerrard ignores Real to pledge future to Reds

Skipper Steven Gerrard has moved to distance himself from the speculation which is again threatening to surround his Liverpool future.

The Liverpool man was linked with Real Madrid in the week when it was revealed his name was on a priority list of summer signings.

Yesterday Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez dismissed the move from the Spanish giants saying: 'The situation is simple, Steven Gerrard is not for sale.'

But the Spaniard admitted he had discussed the speculation coming from Spain with his captain and said: 'His commitment to this club is vital.'

Now Gerrard, who will captain Liverpool in the FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea at Old Trafford tomorrow, said: 'I am not going to get involved in all that kind of speculation again.

'I'm settled and happy at Liverpool and I am not going to go through another summer like the last two.'

Gerrard, speaking in a Liverpool Echo interview, had been the subject of two approaches from Chelsea in the last two summers that have severely disrupted Liverpool's future planning.

Gerrard added: 'I will be staying here until the day someone tells me they don't want me.'

Gerrard signed a new four-year contract at Anfield last summer.