Liverpool youngster Jordan Ibe is all set to put pen to paper on a new five-year deal at Anfield, having come to an agreement in principle last week.
The youngster and his advisors have reportedly been speaking to Liverpool over the past few weeks in a bid to solidify his future and according to The Times negotiations have been successful. At the moment he takes home just £6,000-a-week, but such is his anticipated capacity for development Brendan Rodgers has rewarded him a new deal worth five times that much.
The new £30,000-a-week contract is due to reflect Ibe’s importance to the club for the future at a time when Reds fans must be worrying about the coming transition.
With Steven Gerrard set to depart this summer for LA Galaxy it won’t be a changing of the guard so much as a huge step into new territory, and keeping homegrown players will be a necessity in order to maintain belief in the stands.
That’s why the potential exit of Raheem Sterling has been scrutinised so much, with the England international perhaps ready to look for a new club unless Liverpool can pull of a miracle and qualify for the Champions League.
The Reds were quickly dumped out of this year’s edition of the competition and the young playmaker will want to have a more concerted effort next season. Of course at the moment Manchester United occupy the all-important fourth place in the Premier League and unless they fail to secure one point during their last two games it’s impossible for them to surrender it.
Potential Sterling exit
If Sterling does end up leaving then Ibe’s position as a promising young player will become even more important to Rodgers.
Capable of playing out wide or in the middle of the park the 19-year-old has looked the part via his performances this term, and during his loan spell with Derby County earlier in the season he proved that goals are part of his game as well (he got five in 20 Championship appearances).
For Rodgers motivating his team to vastly improve this year without their talismanic skipper is certain to prove quite the unenviable task. However, agreeing contracts with fan favourites like Ibe is a huge step in the right direction, and as a result the future looks bright in the red half of Merseyside.
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