Fabio Borini admits that his relationship with former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has deteriorated to the point that they no longer speak.
Rodgers coached Borini at Chelsea and then took him on loan at Swansea before signing him for £11m in the summer of 2012.
The Italian striker played only 25 Premier League games for Liverpool in three years that also included a loan spell at Sunderland two seasons ago.
Borini’s refusal to leave for Sunderland in a permanent switch led to him being forced to train away from the first team, though he did start a Champions League game at the Bernabeu.
“I’m a proud person,” Borini tells The Guardian. “But after a while I understood there was no future there and knew I just needed to accept it. Training alone was the hardest thing but they were pushing me away, forcing me to make the decision to go.
“Maybe I didn’t get as many opportunities as I deserved but the world doesn’t end when you leave Liverpool and now I’m very happy here. I’ve had too many clubs, too many changes, so I want to stay at Sunderland, to have some stability.
On Rodgers himself he said: “We don’t speak anymore. It’s sad. It ended badly between me and him, it’s not what I wanted.”