Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani wanted to remain in Italy next season but received no suitable offers, according to his agent.
Aquilani spent last season on loan at Juventus but was not offered a permanent stay despite making 33 Serie A appearances for the Turin giants.
The 26-year-old was linked with a move to AC Milan and Napoli this summer but confirmed earlier this month he will play for the Reds outfit next season.
"Alberto's thoughts were to stay in Italy, but this was not possible," Aquilani's agent Franco Zavaglia said to Radio Sportiva. "He had a positive season (at Juventus).
"I don't know if in this market there will be the possibility for him to return to Italy and it's a shame that our players are forced to go and play away from Italy."
However, he added: "Liverpool are an important club and they have overcome the problems they had a year ago with the previous owners so they can win the Premier League."
Liverpool signed Aquilani for a reported fee of £20million from Roma in 2009 and he is under contract with the Reds until June 2014.Reuse content