Raheem Sterling has finally ended speculation over his future and signed a new long-term contract with Liverpool, the club confirmed on their official website today.
The 18-year-old has broken into Brendan Rodgers first team at Anfield this season and has already made 25 appearances for the club so far this campaign, and made his debut for England in a friendly against Sweden last month.
His impressive form hasn’t gone un-noticed with the Daily Mail one of several media outlets claiming Arsenal and Manchester United were monitoring his situation and ready to move if talks with Liverpool over a new deal continued to stall.
However, Sterling has now ended speculation over his future after Liverpool confirmed today that the attacker has put pen-to-paper on a new long-term deal. The player has expressed his delight at committing his future to the club and now aims to kick on in the New Year. He told Liverpoolfc.com:
“It’s every 18-year-old’s dream. I’m just really grateful to be at such a big club like this.
“There’s a lot more to be done. I haven’t begun yet, as the manager has said. Hopefully I can kick on after the New Year and try to do my best for the team and the football club.”
Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre also expressed his pleasure at being able to secure the future of one of the country’s most talented youngsters, as Sterling follows the likes of Luis Suarez, Suso and Jonjo Shelvey in committing to Anfield. Ayre told the clubs official website:
“This is another positive step forward for the football club in securing the long-term future of one of the country’s brightest young talents.
“The negotiations were very positive and both parties acted in a very responsible way to reach an outcome that benefits both Raheem and Liverpool FC.
“Since the summer, Luis Suarez, Daniel Agger, Martin Skrtel, Jonjo Shelvey and Suso have all signed new long-term contracts and it’s a clear indication of our intent to keep the players we believe are crucial to bringing success on the pitch.
“It also shows the belief the players have in the vision and leadership of Brendan Rodgers and everyone at this football club.”
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