Liverpool star Raheem Sterling is on the verge of signing a new five-year-contract at Anfield, according to the Independent.
The deal is set to see the 19-year-old earn £125,000 a week, having established himself as one of the best young footballers in world football over the past 12 months.
Sterling’s current contract worth £43,000 a week is set to be replaced with the new five year deal, in the hope of putting to bed interest from the likes of Real Madrid, Paris St Germain and Chelsea.
Sterling’s representatives have been locked in negotiations with Reds chief Ian Ayre, and whilst there was no particular rush to get the deal done, unwanted speculation linking the England international with a move away appears to have speeded up the process.
Brendan Rodgers had previously laughed off speculation that the forward would be tempted to leave Anfield.
Asked if Sterling would stay, Rodgers said: “Yes. Absolutely adamant. His agent is good and he understands this is the perfect place for him.
“It’s not a big issue for us. Ian Ayre has spoken with his representatives and he is quite relaxed. The boy is happy here, there are no secondary thoughts about anything else other than continuing to play for Liverpool.
“He must continue with his development because he still has a lot of growth and for that the best place for him to be is here.”