Sterling gives Liverpool contract boost but Kelly turns down new deal

Brendan Rodgers has had both good and bad news on the contract front as Raheem Sterling has moved closer to signing a new deal, but Martin Kelly has turned down the latest offer from Liverpool, the Daily Mail has reported.

The club are said to be confident of agreeing terms with Sterling, having earlier been at an impasse with the teenager, who became eligible for a senior contract upon turning 18 in early December. Sterling was said to want a wage commensurate with other first team players, while Liverpool were leaning towards a smaller pay packet to reflect his tender years. A series of performance-related bonuses appear to have smoothed out the disagreement.

Kelly, however, is understood to have rejected a contract paying £35,000 per week in wages and appearance money, with the ball in the club’s court as to the next step. Kelly has 18 months remaining on his current deal, with the 22-year-old currently missing through injury after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament against Manchester United in September.

A part of Roy Hodgson’s England squad for Euro 2012, without making an appearance, Kelly has played more than 50 times for Liverpool since making his debut in December 2008, and has one England cap to his name.

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