Liverpool confident over new Sterling contract

Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling is edging closer to signing a new long-term contract with the club and extend his stay until at least the summer of 2020, the Daily Telegraph has reported.

The 20-year-old is expected to sign the deal by the end of January after several weeks of negotiating. Talks originally stalled after he was initially offered a salary of £70,000 per week, but his representatives looked to be holding out for £120,000. The two parties now appear to have met somewhere in the middle and are close to agreeing on a highly incentivised contract.

Sterling has been at Liverpool since joining their youth set-up from Queens Park Rangers. He went on to make his first-team debut in 2012, becoming a regular at the age of 17. Since then, he has become one of the club’s most important players and is also a key member of the England national team, for whom he played at the World Cup in 2014.

This positive news for the Merseyside club comes just days after captain Steven Gerrard revealed that he would leave at the end of the season, and it is set to stave off reported interest in Sterling from Real Madrid among others.

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