Newcastle United are confident their young starlet Rolando Aarons will agree to sign a new contract with the club despite ongoing interest from Liverpool, reports Goal.
It has been an impressive breakthrough season for the 19-year-old despite a lack of first team action. He hit headlines after putting in a man of the match display against Manchester City in the Capital One Cup in October.
Injuries have limited his involvement in the second half of the season but he has still managed to attract interest from Brendan Rodgers as well as Arsenal and Tottenham.
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With just 12 months remaining on his contract, there is growing concern that the England Under-20 international will be tempted by a move to Anfield. Comparisons between himself and Raheem Sterling further strengthened rumours that Rodgers could tempt Aarons away from Tyneside.
However, Newcastle officials believe Aarons is settled at St James' Park and will not be tempted by the Premier League's elite. They believe the chance to be a major part of the Magpies first-team will be enough to convince him to stay.
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"Everyone at Newcastle loves Rolando and sees a huge future for him, the contract that has been offered to him is a very good one and they are confident he will sign his deal at the end of the season," a source told the same report.
Aarons has not played for Newcastle since November 1 and there was some confusion as to why he had been out for so long. He took to Twitter last month to dismiss rumours of discontent and confirm that he had suffered multiple hamstring injuries in the last few months.
As a young English prospect, Aarons was bound to generate interest from a host of Premier League clubs. The demand for English players has leapt to astronomical levels following Greg Dyke's suggestion that Premier League squads should contain a minimum of 13 homegrown stars.
As a result, Newcastle know they could still generate around £10million for Aarons despite his lack of playing time. But they will also be aware that tying him down to a long-term contract and helping him reach his potential could see his value rocket to three times that amount.
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