Sterling close to signing new deal with Liverpool

Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling is on the verge of committing his long-term future to the club by signing a new five-year contract, according to the Guardian.

The Merseyside club has been looking to extend Sterling’s stay for several months, but negotiations with the player’s representatives have proved tricky. However, the latest round of talks were very positive and Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre is close to sealing a deal.

Sterling previously signed a five-year contract after breaking into the first-team as a 17-year-old back in late 2012, but this latest offer is expected to be considerably more lucrative, given his increasing influence at Anfield. It is also designed to ward off potential interest, with Real Madrid having been linked with a big-money move for Sterling since the summer.

In the past 12 months, the former Queens Park Rangers youth team star has become a hugely key figure, both for Liverpool and the England national team, who he represented at the 2014 World Cup. So far this season, he has made 28 appearances in all competitions, scoring six goals.

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