Liverpool are set to tie youngster Jordan Ibe down to a new five-year contract by the end of this week, with the 19-year-old having agreed terms.
That’s according to the Daily Mail, who make the claim that Ibe is to pledge his future to the Anfield-based club until at least 2020 after impressing this season. The wide-man spent the first-half of the campaign on loan at Derby County but, after being recalled, has proven himself a useful player to Brendan Rodgers since his return to Merseyside.
Injuries have perhaps stopped him from realising his true potential this term but that hasn’t prevented Liverpool from deeming that he is an important player for the future and offering him a lengthy new deal.
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Though still a teenager Ibe is tipped for a bright future and with their latest move the Reds have ensured that they won’t be forced into any sort of sale until at least 2019, a year before his new deal is scheduled to run out.
Perhaps they’ve learnt from the way negotiations have gone with Raheem Sterling, with the starlet holding all the cards in his camp due to his importance to Rodgers’ plans. He’s sure to be a player the club will look to tie down as close to the end of the season as possible, though whether or not he can be convinced to stay if Champions League football isn’t on the cards remains to be seen.
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Other futures solved
The Standard’s report also details that several other Liverpool first-team players are close to signing new contracts. Chief amongst the individuals in question is Jordan Henderson, who is of course expected to take-over leadership duties from Steven Gerrard next season, with Martin Skrtel and Jon Flanagan set to be close behind.
The latter of those names has a contract that runs out in June, making talks somewhat pressured, although there’s been virtually no word of him leaving the club on the back of a frustrating season ruined by an early knee injury.
Looking to the future
It’s an important move for Rodgers to tie up such deals sooner rather than later. With Gerrard leaving for the MLS the Reds are set to be thrown into transition, and the less changes that are made the easier that adaptation is likely to be.
Players like Ibe, who have been at the club during their developmental years as footballers, are of vital importance as Rodgers looks to balance foreign flair with homegrown talent, and as a result the announcement of the 19-year-old’s contract decision, set to be given imminently, offers fans plenty of reason to celebrate.
Liverpool fans, who would you like to see sign a contract next? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.
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