‘You hijacked me 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 transfer exit saga from Liverpool
- Bobby Duncan showed huge promise as a young striker at Liverpool in 2019
- But the agent who worked on his release – Saif Rubie – accused the club of ‘bullying’
- Despite his comments, Rubie claims he advised Duncan to stay at the club
- But Duncan – who is the cousin of Liverpool and England legend Steven Gerrard – hit back, accusing Rubie of “jeopardizing his career”.
Former Liverpool youth star Bobby Duncan has slammed Saif Rubie – the agent who worked on his 2019 exit from Anfield – for ‘hijacking me from my boyhood club’ and ‘compromising’ 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 has already scored a remarkable 66 goals in one season as a young player.
But he controversially left the club for Fiorentina in September 2019 after Rubie accused the Premier League giants of ‘mentally harassing’ his client.
A statement first reported by sports mail at the time, Liverpool did not clear Duncan’s departure, despite interest from Fiorentina and Danish FC Nordsjaelland.
The Merseyside club have been accused of “holding him against his will and damaging his mental health”.
But Rubie, during an appearance on talkSPORT on Monday, insisted he had in fact urged Duncan to stay at Liverpool.
Agent Saif Rubie (left) oversaw Bobby Duncan’s transfer from Liverpool to Fiorentina in 2019
Rubie (left) was instrumental in Duncan’s transfer from Merseyside to the Serie A club
But he struggled to make an impact in Serie A and now finds himself in Spain’s third tier
Speaking on the radio, he said: ‘Can I tell you something in this particular case?
“I actually advised him to stay at Liverpool and you have to understand one thing, that’s what I was trying to tell you, my job is to do my best for whoever tells me to help them, be it the player, a buying club or a selling club.
“In this particular case, you can choose to believe me or not, I thought staying was the better 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 respond on Twitter and hit back at the agent, insisting he should “never have trusted my career in your hands”.
The 21-year-old quickly responded on Twitter and accused the agent of ‘jeopardizing his career’
Duncan wrote: ‘You and I both know the truth.
“I have not made a decision or said that you have taken it upon yourself to jeopardize my career and hijack a local boy from his boyhood club and leave me and my family to pick up all the pieces.
“Not once have I spoken about this peak in ‘four years’ because my main priority has been 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 put my career in your hands. I learned my hard lesson there.
“And I just pray you learned yours because it could ruin another young boy’s career.”
Rubie made 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 A-series.
He didn’t play for the Italian club’s senior side but made an impact at youth level, scoring four goals in 12 games for their Primavera side.
In January 2020, Duncan changed agents and signed with German agency SportsTotal.
Later that year, Duncan signed a three-year contract with Derby but only made one senior appearance.
After his stint with the financially-struggling Rams, Duncan signed for Spanish Third Division club Real Balompedica Linense this summer.
Bobby Duncan attacks agent Saif Rubie over his bitter Liverpool exit