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Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier will not allow Portuguese defender Abel Xavier to leave Anfield on a loan deal.

Turkish side Galatasaray have enquired about the player, but Liverpool are only prepared to release the defender on a permanent deal for around œ1million.

‘A few agents have been in touch with me but I won’t let him go out on loan. No way,’ said Houllier.

‘If he wants to go, he goes but it has to be a transfer. I can understand his situation because he isn’t getting regular football at the moment.’

The Portuguese international joined from Everton just over a year ago in a deal worth £800,000. However, this season, Xavier has been a peripheral figure at Anfield and is understood to be keen for as move.

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