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Published: 10:16 | 27/5/16

Allen to discuss future after Euro 2016


Joe Allen will wait until after Euro 2016 before discussion his Liverpool future.

Allen, who has a year to run on his current contract at Anfield, spoke to Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre and manager Jurgen Klopp about his future in January but opted to delay negotiations until the summer.

With the European Championships on the horizon, Allen is happy to put his club future to one side and focus on Wales.

"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," Allen said at Wales' pre-Euros training camp in Portugal.

"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.

"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 purely all things Wales'.

"That's where I am at the moment.

"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."

The 26-year-old impressed Klopp with his attitude and workrate in the second half of the season, with the manager urging his team to “play Joe Allen football” before the Watford game, but he admits his future at the club could be determined by what happens over the course of the summer.

"I think it hinges on the pre-season plans and what exactly the club are hoping to do, everything comes into that," Allen explained.

"The acquisitions and who they are going to get in, and until all that happens then it is difficult to answer that question.

"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, that's not specific to me.

"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.

"That's been a challenge for me this year, but I've enjoyed that challenge."

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