Liverpool’s talks with Glen Johnson seem to have broken down and the defender is likely to depart over the summer, meanwhile boss Brendan Rodgers is keen to tie vice captain Jordan Henderson and the talented Raheem Sterling into longer term deals.
The future of Liverpool’s Glen Johnson is very much in doubt with no progress made on a new contract for the England international according to The Guardian. The right full back had been offered a one-year extension to his existing contract which expires over the summer but the player has refused to sign.
The year long deal would have been worth £120,000-a-week to Johnson, undoubtedly a good pay cheque for a defender but the 30-year-old wants a longer term deal. Asked about how the contract negociations were going the former Portsmouth man responded:
“Very quiet. I am just concentrating week by week and not thinking about it. Of course I want to stay but, like I say, I worry about this week, this week, and then next week, next week. That is how I live my life.”
The expectation is that Johnson will now leave the club over the summer on a free transfer, he can sign a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club from January 1.
While Perhaps Brendan Rodgers could live with the departure of Johnson he is very keen to tie down the talented Raheem Sterling to a longer term deal. The exciting winger can terrify defences, an ability which is rare in the modern game.
His talents have not gone unnoticed across Europe however with heavyweights such as Paris Saint Germain and Real Madrid reportedly keen to poach the Wunderkind from Liverpool. In an interview with the Liverpool Echo boss Brendan Rodgers sought to play down the fears of losing the 19-year-old implying that the deal was virtually in the bag.
“Everything is calm. It is not a big issue for us. (Liverpool chief executive) Ian Ayre has spoken to his representatives and is quite relaxed. The club is dealing with the agent so everything is calm. The boy is remarkably happy here and there are no secondary thoughts about anything else other than continuing to play for Liverpool. He still has a lot of growth and for that the best place for him to be is here. His representatives know that and we as a club respect that so that will get sorted out with time.”
While Rodgers’ words will provide some reassurance to the Liverpool faithful, they will not be happy until the deal is signed, sealed and delivered and their superstar is safely out of the reach of poachers.
The future of Jordan Henderson, Liverpool’s new vice captain is much more straightforward. The midfielder, who is fast becoming a club stalwart is set to agree a new contract that would commit his future to the Anfield club according to The Express.
The England international, who is now a crucial player for the Reds rivaling club legend Steven Gerrard in terms of influence, has 20 months remaining on his exsiting deal but the brains trust at Anfield want to secure him on a longer term arrangement, one which would probably remunerate the 24-year-old handsomely.
Dan O’Mahony, Pundit Arena.
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