Raheem Sterling has revealed that he is close to agreeing a new deal with Liverpool which will be a disappointment to certain European clubs that have shown interest in the 20-year-old.
The new deal is reportedly going to be worth around £70,000-a-week, which will be a big increase on his current deal. It would mean an end to the rumours of interest shown by Real Madrid, who have been interested in Sterling for some time now.
The Liverpool and England star has been in talks with his club since October over a new contract and he hopes the situation can be dealt with soon rather than rumbling on until the end of the season.
Sterling told the Liverpool Echo: “We’re working on it and hopefully it will be sorted soon.”
Liverpool fans will be hoping that Sterling signs on the dotted line as soon as possible as he has proved to be a vital member of their team over the last two seasons chipping in with important goals, just as he did on Sunday.
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Saints strike the latest in strong season for Sterling
Sterling scored the second goal in Liverpool’s hard-fought fought 2-0 win at Southampton last weekend, moved the Reds just a single point behind their opponents in the race for a top-four finish.
Securing a place in next season’s Champions League would be a good reason for Sterling to stay put, a target which he thinks is achievable given Liverpool's stark improvement in recent months
Top four on the cards?
The versatile forward said after their victory at the weekend: “We knew we were top-four material from the start of the season. We need to keep performing and keep fighting, then we'll definitely get to where we want to be.
“All the boys are really up for it. Everyone is fighting hard for the team and defending with their lives.”
Sterling’s goal against Southampton, his 10th of the season, followed a wonder-strike from team-mate Philippe Coutinho. The youngster had a lot of praise for his Brazilian counter-part, who has stepped up to the plate in recent months with a string of superb performances.
Sterling said: “It was a great strike from Philippe, when he picked the ball up, he had nothing else on his mind. I was on and I was crying out for a pass but credit to him. It was a great finish. Not many players in the world can score a goal like that.
“Phil has got a great eye for a pass but you can see he's adding more goals to his game which is great to see.”
Sterling will likely feature more heavily when Liverpool travel to Istanbul for the return leg of their Europa League clash with Besiktas on Thursday than he did in the first leg as he has now recovered from his foot injury fully.