Werner confident over new Sterling contract

Liverpool chairman Tom Werner is confident that the club will soon reach an agreement with winger Raheem Sterling over a new long-term contract, the Daily Mail has reported.

Negotiations between the two parties have been in progress for some time, and talks have repeatedly stalled. Manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed that the club have put an ‘incredible’ offer on the table, and said that the club would not be held to ransom by Sterling’s advisors over his wage and bonus demands.

Sterling, who has two years remaining on his current deal at Anfield, broke into the Liverpool first-team in 2012 and made an immediate impression in Rodgers’ first season as manager at the age of 17.

Things got even better last season as he helped the club come within two points of a first league title since 1990, and this term he has often been looked upon as the man to provide the inspiration for the Reds, particularly when they were struggling in the early months.

As a result of his form he has been linked with a move away, but Werner believes a new deal will be signed by the England international. He said: ‘All I can say is that I’m hopeful that we’ll conclude a deal. Obviously it’s important for us. He’s an exceptional player.

‘Brendan and Ian Ayre are quite involved and Brendan is talking to Raheem about this and I hope and expect a very positive outcome that is good for Raheem – and good for the club. I would say that I’m confident that we will reach an agreement that works for all parties.’

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