Bobby Duncan attacks agent Saif Rubie over his bitter exit from Liverpool
Bobby Duncan attacks agent Saif Rubie over his bitter exit from Liverpool

'You turned me away from my boyhood club... you RUIN careers': Steven Gerrard's cousin Bobby Duncan - now in Spain's third tier - attacks agent Saif Rubie over his bitter Liverpool transfer exit saga

  • Bobby Duncan showed huge promise as a young striker at Liverpool in 2019
  • But the agent who worked on his exit - Saif Rubie - accused the club of 'bullying'
  • Despite his comments, Rubie claims he had advised Duncan to stay at the club 
  • But Duncan - who is the cousin of Liverpool and England legend Steven Gerrard - has hit back, accusing Rubie of 'jeopardising his career' 

Former Liverpool youth star Bobby Duncan has hit out at Saif Rubie - the agent who worked on his Anfield exit in 2019 - for 'turning me away from my boyhood club' and 'jeopardising' his career.

Duncan - the cousin of Liverpool and England legend Steven Gerrard - showed huge potential as a young player in the club's academy and once scored a remarkable 66 goals in a season as a youth player. 

But he left the club for Fiorentina in controversial fashion in September 2019 after Rubie accused the Premier League giants of 'mentally bullying' his client.

A statement first reported by Sportsmail at the time also claimed Liverpool had not allowed Duncan to leave, despite interest from Fiorentina and Denmark's FC Nordsjaelland. 

The Merseyside club was accused of 'holding him against his will and damaging his mental health'.

But Rubie, during an appearance on talkSPORT on Monday, insisted that he had in fact urged Duncan to stay at Liverpool.

Agent Saif Rubie (left) oversaw Bobby Duncan's move from Liverpool to Fiorentina in 2019

Agent Saif Rubie (left) oversaw Bobby Duncan's move from Liverpool to Fiorentina in 2019

Rubie (left) was instrumental in getting Duncan his move from Merseyside to the Serie A club

Rubie (left) was instrumental in getting Duncan his move from Merseyside to the Serie A club 

But he struggled to make an impact in Serie A and now finds himself in the Spanish third tier

But he struggled to make an impact in Serie A and now finds himself in the Spanish third tier

Speaking on the radio station, he said: 'Can I tell you something in that particular case?

'I actually advised him to stay at Liverpool and you have to understand one thing, which is what I was trying to tell you guys, my job is to do the best for whoever is telling me to help them whether it be the player, a buying club or a selling club.

'In that particular case, you can choose to believe me or not, I thought him staying was the best outcome.

'It wasn’t meant to be and in the end it got a bit ugly with Liverpool which is unfortunate.'

But a furious Duncan was quick to reply on Twitter and hit back at the agent, insisting he should 'never have trusted my career in your hands'.

The 21-year-old quick replied on Twitter and accused the agent of 'jeopardising his career'

The 21-year-old quick replied on Twitter and accused the agent of 'jeopardising his career'

 

Duncan wrote: 'You and I both know the truth. 

'I didn’t have a decision nor say as you took it upon yourself to jeopardise my career and to turn a local lad away from his boyhood club and leave me and my family to pick up all the pieces. 

'Not once have I spoken upon this top in “four years” as it’s been my main priority to get my career back on track. 

'But, yet you think you have the right to mention my name on a live radio show.

'I should never have trusted my career in your hands. I have learnt my harsh lesson there.

'And I just pray you have learnt yours as it could ruin another young boys career.' 

Rubie gave an appearance on talkSPORT on Monday, telling them he 'advised Duncan to stay'

Rubie gave an appearance on talkSPORT on Monday, telling them he 'advised Duncan to stay'

Duncan signed with Fiorentina shortly after Rubie's comments - which Liverpool denied - in 2019 but struggled to make an impact in Serie A

He didn't feature for the Italian club's senior side but did make an impact at youth level, scoring four goals in 12 games for their Primavera team. 

In January 2020, Duncan switched agents and signed with German agency SportsTotal.

Later that year, Duncan signed a three-year deal with Derby but made just one senior appearance.

After his spell with the financially-stricken Rams, Duncan signed for Spanish third division club Real Balompedica Linense this summer.

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