Allen unsure over future – whilst Mane and Chilwell linked with LFC move

Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen has said he will leave all talk of his reds future until after Wales' campaign at the European Championship.

Allen became increasingly important for the reds towards the end of the season as the fixtures began to pile up and provided several impressive displays, most notably after coming on as a substitute.

For the 26 year old however substitute appearances are unlikely to be what he is looking for.

Allen was one of Brendan's first signings in 2012 for £15M but only has a year left on his Anfield contract.

Now having joined up with Wales, Joe said about discussing his future:

'I'm sure it is something the club will have on their to-do list at some point.

'As soon as the season finished with Liverpool I said to myself, "I don't want to have any distractions and I am fully focussed and engaged on all things Wales.” That's where I am at the moment.

'If the club want to speak to me then I am not going to pie them. We have had an intense season and I'm sure there will be a week or two after the Euros before any discussions are had.

'As a footballer you want to play every minute of every game. When you don't it can be disappointing, that's natural for anyone. It’s how you react.

'You have to make sure you don't let it affect you to a point that when you do get your chances you're not up to it.

'I think at times I was tested through the year, especially early on, but maybe I've had the rewards for having that mentality, especially in the last few months of the season.

‘In January there was a conversation with the club in terms of what the future did hold for me, if I would feature more or if I would feature in the plans moving forward.

'They made it clear at that stage I wouldn't be moving anywhere.

'I knew where I stood and it was good to have that conversation and know that I had the second half of the season to look forward to with Liverpool.’

Asked specifically about his substitute involvement since January he said:

'I can't say I have thought hard and long enough about it.

'I think it hinges on the pre-season plans and what exactly the club are hoping to do, their acquisitions and who they are going to get in.

‘Until all that happens then it is difficult to answer that question. Yes, of course I want to play. I think the club understand that too.’

Meanwhile the Express have linked the reds with Southampton striker Sadio Mane.  The paper suggests he could be available for £25M and could be a replacement target due to the confusing noises coming from Bayern Munich and Mario Gotze.

Mane scored 15 goals in 43 appearances for the Saints last season.  Southampton paid £12M for him two years ago.

Elsewhere the Mail expects Liverpool to place a £4M bid for Leicester's 19 year old left back Ben Chilwell.  He has a year left on his contract at the Foxes.  He has only made 3 brief appearances for his club.

Chilwell was yesterday removed from the England Under 21 squad with injury.

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